Choosing Wisely Update - December 2016

14 Dec 2016

New report: Strong appetite for reducing inappropriate healthcare

Choosing Wisely Australia is pleased to present a new report on the campaign’s implementation since launching last year. The report demonstrates strong engagement by Australia’s medical profession and consumer advocates and a strong appetite in the community for an ongoing conversation about the appropriate use of tests, treatments and procedures. Read more here

Save the date - Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting

We are excited to announce the inaugural Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting to be held in Melbourne on 4 May 2017. The event will be an opportunity for Choosing Wisely members and supporters, including potential new members, to recognise and share their achievements to date and to plan for future implementation activities. Abstracts will be invited to encourage members and stakeholders to present on practical experiences and learnings around implementation, evaluation and obstacles within clinical settings. Stay tuned for further information.

Health services championing Choosing Wisely 

Australia’s health services are leading the implementation of Choosing Wisely through a variety of clinician-led initiatives. Specific hospitals and area health services are bringing together champions of quality, evidence-based care to become Choosing Wisely Australia Champion Health Services. Gold Coast Health was first off the block, with a further six health services joining them. Learn more about getting involved

Support for Antibiotic Awareness Week

Choosing Wisely Australia lent its support to this year’s Antibiotic Awareness Week - an annual, global campaign to raise awareness about the serious health issue of antibiotic resistance. The November event encouraged people to use antibiotics responsibly and promoted the nine Choosing Wisely Australia recommendations around antibiotics use. Find out more about antibiotics recommendations and resources

Questioning the need for ankle and knee imaging

A new program advising health professionals on the latest imaging recommendations for ankle and knee injuries was launched in by NPS MedicineWise in October. The program was developed in conjunction with musculoskeletal experts and in line with RANZCR, Australian Physiotherapy Association and Australian College of Nursing Choosing Wisely Australia® recommendations, as well as RACGP clinical guidance for MRI referral. Read more about the program and access its resources

New advice for managing some common health conditions

The latest recommendations from Australia’s medical experts on the screening, testing and treatment of a range of common health conditions – including Alzheimer’s disease, coeliac disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer and sexually transmitted infections – were released under the Choosing Wisely Australia® initiative in October. Read more about these recommendations

Medicines and an ageing population

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians has released new recommendations on the appropriate use and prescribing of medicine for older Australians. Older Australians may not be aware they are on a ‘prescribing cascade’, where they take one medicine and have an adverse reaction, so are put on another medicine. Read more about these recommendations

Last reviewed 14 December 2016