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.
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.
A Choosing Wisely approach to improve opioid prescribing
Opioids continue to be the primary drug associated with drug-related deaths in Australia with prescription opioids constituting the majority of unintentional deaths due to opioids since 2004. The Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service has applied a Choosing Wisely approach in the Emergency Department to address the problem.
Promoting Choosing Wisely recommendations in QLD Emergency Departments
The PROV-ED (PROmoting Value-based care in EDs) project disseminates value-based emergency department (ED) initiatives to public hospital clinicians using display monitors in clinical areas of EDs across Queensland.
Your dermatology telehealth appointment – A five step guide
The COVID-19 pandemic has demanded new, integrated and innovative approaches to the way healthcare is delivered. Telehealth options have been part of the solution to ensure patients continue to access the care they need in a timely, safe and convenient way. For some areas of medicine, patients may have reservations about if they will get the same level of care. Empowering health consumers to continue to ask questions in the virtual environment is important to ensure they get the right healthcare for them.
‘The way we do things around here’ – A story of becoming a Choosing Wisely Champion Health Service
The Prince Charles Hospital in Chermside, Queensland is one of the newest Choosing Wisely Champion Health Services. Jessica Toleman, Senior Director of Clinical Operations tells the story of embedding Choosing Wisely into the organisation during COVID-19, making Choosing Wisely ‘the way we do things around here’.
22 Jul 2021
Managing your acute pain
02 Mar 2021
5 Questions to ask about using opioids for back pain or osteoarthritis
08 Mar 2021
Choosing Wisely Week Engagement Toolkit
06 Mar 2019
5 questions to ask your doctor or healthcare provider
28 May 2019
Conversation Starter Kit
25 Jan 2020
Hospital Implementation Toolkit
06 Mar 2019
Patient and Public Engagement in Choosing Wisely
28 May 2019
Stewardship Toolkit for Clinical Educators
27 Feb 2020
Choosing Wisely in General Practice
07 Feb 2020
The “Choicies” Awards Kit
29 Jun 2020
Choosing Wisely slide deck
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
5 questions to ask your doctor or other healthcare provider to make sure you end up with the right amount of care.