Featured Stories

Our members and supporters network is comprised of health professional colleges, societies and associations, champion health services and consumer organisations. These featured stories showcase how Choosing Wisely principles are implemented by our members and supporters to improve the safety and quality of healthcare for Australians.

18 Jan 2022

Using Choosing Wisely in ICU to reduce unnecessary testing

In the Intensive Care Unit, blood tests and chest radiographs are usually requested on a routine, time-scheduled basis, and many may be unnecessary. The Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth has developed a replacement protocol to reduce unnecessary tests and will evaluate and optimise this protocol in a large clinical study.

11 Jan 2022

Choosing Preoperative Pathology Wisely

An audit at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital found that 41% of all pre-operative pathology tests ordered before elective surgery were unnecessary. A Choosing Wisely program introduced at the hospital to address this issue started with urology procedures, and has seen significant improvements.

22 Oct 2021

Choosing Blood Cultures Wisely

Blood cultures are used to detect blood stream bacterial infections and are essential to tailor antibiotic therapy. However, repeated blood cultures for a patient who is stable, has already had blood cultures taken and antibiotics started, are unlikely to change treatment or diagnosis. Therefore, to reduce waste, and patient discomfort, take blood cultures wisely.

08 Oct 2021

Shellharbour Hospital: Supporting JMOs to Choose Blood Tests Wisely

Blood tests ordered that do not provide information that change treatment or patient outcomes are unnecessary, bring inconvenience for patients, increase medical staff workload, and add extra costs. As part of their Choosing Wisely work, Shellharbour Hospital has introduced an education program to support junior medical officers (JMOs) choosing blood tests wisely.

16 Aug 2021

Choosing Wound Care Wisely

Chronic wounds represent a significant burden to patients and the healthcare system, and can result in significant functional impairment, reduction in quality of life and large financial costs (around 2% of total health expenditure in Australia). The Choosing Wound Care Wisely project from Mackay Hospital and Health Service (Mackay HHS) in Queensland is about ensuring wound treatment is appropriate to the cause and condition of a wound, maximising clinical effectiveness, reducing patient risk, minimising cost and facilitating patient choice where possible.

Stewardship toolkit for clinical educators

The Health Resource Stewardship for Clinical educators contains educational material about the Choosing Wisely initiative for use in universities, hospitals and health professional colleges

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5 Questions

5 questions to ask your doctor or other healthcare provider to make sure you end up with the right amount of care.

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