National Meeting showcases innovation and partnerships

27 Jun 2018

Last month, Choosing Wisely Australia hosted more than 200 delegates at its 2018 National Meeting held in Canberra ahead of the NPS MedicineWise National Medicines Symposium. It was great to see so many familiar faces and to welcome so many new supporters from across Australia, with more than half the delegates attending a Choosing Wisely event for the first time.
The National Meeting showcased the achievements of Choosing Wisely Australia to date and future challenges, including building stronger relationships with consumers and engaging the primary care network.
MC Julie McCrossin – broadcaster, journalist, and survivor of head and neck cancer – facilitated an energetic and interactive day of conversations, presentations, and networking.

Keynote speaker Daniel Wolfson – Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the ABIM Foundation –was instrumental in establishing Choosing Wisely in the US and recognised Australia as one of the leading implementers of the initiative globally. Read the media release.

Other highlights included:

  • An innovation panel discussion including the implementation of a new Choosing Wisely Scaling Collaboration being undertaken among Victorian health services and funded via Better Care Victoria; and how the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital has embedded Choosing Wisely into its performance framework to support a culture change in healthcare delivery.
  • A panel discussion with Champion Health Service representatives on lessons learned in implementing Choosing Wisely in hospitals, and opportunities for growth.
  • Dr Paresh Dawda, a Canberra-based GP and Director of Prestantia Health, and Gary Power, Deputy Chair of the Consumer Advisory Group at Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital in conversation about how we can support better discussions between health professionals and consumers.  
  • The results of a national education program in primary care delivered to GPs across Australia.  
  • More than 70 posters were presented and are available in digital format

Other key topics by speakers and panellists included:

  • opportunities to change culture through education and training
  • the complexities behind health professional fear of litigation as a driver of unnecessary healthcare.
  • improving communication from hospital discharge to GPs.

Thank you to everyone who attended the day. Each of you made a valuable contribution to a successful event.

More information

There are plenty of ways to become involved in Choosing Wisely Australia. To find out how you or your organisation might become involved, including how to become a member or supporter:

Last reviewed 22 June 2018