Choosing Wisely Update - September 2018


28 Sep 2018

NPS MedicineWise welcomes Steve Morris as Chief Executive Officer

It’s a funny thing taking over the leadership of an organisation that has been personally influential throughout one’s own career. When I first moved to Australia from the UK in 2009 I was already familiar with the then National Prescribing Service and an avid user of its resources. In the UK I was deputy CEO of the closest UK equivalent – the National Prescribing Centre – and the unique Australian model for driving quality use of medicines has long been admired as the gold standard within international circles.

As someone who is passionate about quality use of health technologies and the implementation of evidence-based practice, I jumped at the opportunity to head up NPS MedicineWise. A week or two into the job and I’m astounded at the depth and breadth of expertise, and people’s commitment to achieving our mission. The past few months have been challenging as the organisation adjusts to significant Commonwealth funding cuts, but our staff are resilient, focused on meeting the needs of Australian health professionals and consumers, and always ensuring the highest quality standards for our products and services.

I look forward to the journey ahead as we continue to build a medicinewise Australia, and invite you to share your ideas and perspectives with us anytime. Read more about Steve

Recognition for champions of Choosing Wisely

A new awards program was launched by Choosing Wisely Australia this month to recognise the outstanding efforts of individuals who are championing the initiative in our Champion Health Services.
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New NPS MedicineWise program: Managing GORD with PPIs

NPS MedicineWise has launched its latest educational program – Starting, stepping down and stopping medicines – to equip health professionals and consumers with evidence-based information and new resources about managing gastro-oesophageal reflux disease with proton pump inhibitors.
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Save the date: 2019 Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting

The third annual Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting will be held on Thursday 30 May 2019 at the Epicure Melbourne Cricket Ground. Please save the date and watch out for further information, including a call for abstracts.

2018 National Meeting video and poster presentations

Presentations from this year’s Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting are now available for viewing along with digital poster presentations.
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Media and journal articles

Since our last update, the Choosing Wisely initiative has featured in a range of Australian general news media outlets and international health industry journals.
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Last reviewed 24 September 2018