15 Mar 2018
An increase in membership enquiries highlights the strong appetite in Australia for an initiative like Choosing Wisely to drive important conversations on how to reduce low-value healthcare. See our new members below and read about the aims of Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service as part of the initiative.
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SCHHS begins its Choosing Wisely journey
Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service (SCHHS) is on a journey to transform the way it delivers care to its communities.
Chief Executive Adjunct Professor Naomi Dwyer (right) said with the expansion of services on the horizon, the SCHHS’ focus was firmly set on delivering the right care to patients, at the right time and as close to their homes as possible.
Adj Prof Dwyer said to do this; the health service was committed to engaging with its consumers and its community.
“Over the past several years, SCHHS has undergone significant growth culminating with the opening of the new $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital in March 2017,” she said.
“Now that we’ve settled in our newest hospital, our focus now is how we can improve our patients’ healthcare journey and provide better health outcomes across all parts of our integrated health service. We have a unique opportunity to review how we care for our patients to ensure that what we do follows absolute best practice.
“The Choosing Wisely Australia initiative will help us improve our communication with patients and ensure we provide appropriate, safe and effective healthcare. It will also stimulate deeper conversation and collaboration between our health professionals to better understand what is appropriate and best for the patient when ordering tests, treatments and procedures.”
Adj Prof Dwyer said while the SCHHS Choosing Wisely Australia journey was just at the beginning, staff were already being challenged to think differently about the way they care for patients.
“We look forward to building stronger connections with our patients and sharing our progress and initiatives with you,” she said.