Choosing Wisely Update - October 2017


09 Oct 2017

Latest advice on healthcare to question

Twenty-five new recommendations on healthcare practices that clinicians and consumers should question have been released under the Choosing Wisely Australia initiative in conjunction with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and its affiliated societies.
 
The recommendations released on 25 September highlight the latest evidence-based approaches towards the use of x-rays to diagnose bronchiolitis, asthma, and nonspecific abdominal pain in children; desprescribing of medications in older people; and supporting patients with return to work plans after work-related injury.
 
A list of five recommendations each was developed by the following member organisations: There have now been 158 recommendations released through Choosing Wisely Australia by 32 colleges, societies and associations. To learn more about the latest recommendations read our media release.
 

New Champion Health Services

Choosing Wisely Australia is pleased to announce three new health services have joined the initiative, bringing the total number of Champion Health Services to 12.  We extend a warm welcome to Eastern Health and Peninsula Health in Victoria, and to the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District - the first health service in New South Wales, and look forward to working with you on your Choosing Wisely implementation activities.
 
We asked the team from South Eastern Sydney Local Health District to tell us what prompted them to become a Choosing Wisely Champion Health Service, and what they hope to gain from the initiative. 

Read what they had to say here.


Top 10 international recommendations

A list of top 10 international Choosing Wisely recommendations was released in August, following a consensus by seven countries, including Australia. Leaders prioritised these 10 recommendations from over 1,000 unnecessary medical practices with the most potential to harm, occur most frequently and can be measured.
 
The list addressed unnecessary imaging, use of proton pump inhibitors and preoperative testing. Achieving international consensus is a significant accomplishment and Australia is proud to have been involved in this process.

Read more.

Insights: WACHS - Wheatbelt

We are pleased to present an article from our first rural health service, Western Australia Country Health Service - Wheatbelt. This piece gives insights into their district, rural healthcare and their engagement in Choosing Wisely. 

Read the article.

Last reviewed 04 October 2017