Choosing Wisely is creating a cultural shift towards health professionals and consumers engaging in conversations about what care is truly needed – what is helpful and what is not. The right choice should be based on the best available evidence and discussion between consumers and clinicians. We are here to encourage and support clinicians, consumers and organisations who are committed to embedding Choosing Wisely recommendations and principles into practice.
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
Pandemic guidance for health professionals
The Choosing Wisely principles have been a pillar during Australia’s COVID-19 pandemic response. Our health system has come together for a common goal and purpose to manage the pandemic. Health professionals have had to be stewards of our finite health resources. Multidisciplinary teams have united to adopt an evidence-based, patient-centred approach. As a result, our health system has adapted in ways and with urgency unseen before. To assist clinicians and consumers to access reliable information about the pandemic we’ve developed specific pandemic guidance, which is based on current evidence and will continue to be update as evidence evolves over time.
Geelong GP helps patients to ask questions
Dr Deb Harley is a general practitioner in a large Geelong practice and is a keen supporter of the Choosing Wisely initiative. Read about how she implements Choosing Wisely at her practice and encourages her patients to have important conversations about their health
Clinical case studies to promote recommendations
As part of Choosing Wisely Australia’s clinical educational activities, members are being encouraged to develop case studies that demonstrate the application of specific recommendations for use in their usual teaching modules.
Choosing Wisely resource addresses patient opioid knowledge gap
A recent scientific paper published in the ANZ Journal of Surgery found that patients are not provided with sufficient information when discharged from a hospital with opioids—but a Choosing Wisely resource for use in hospitals is helping address this patient knowledge gap.
Pain and opioids and the bigger picture: new resources
What should I ask my healthcare provider about medicines? Here's 5 questions in 12 languages
Downloadable slide deck for Choosing Wisely Australia
A slide deck for Choosing Wisely Australia advocates who are presenting on the initiative at meetings or events.
1 Apr 2019 | The Commonwealth Fund
Choosing Wisely: An international movement toward appropriate medical care
18 Mar 2019 | MJA Insight
Choosing Wisely in Australian hospitals: lessons from the field
15 Jun 2018 | BMJ 2018; 361
Helping patients choose wisely
Drowning in data: the argument for no unnecessary tests
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
Australia's peak colleges, societies and associations have developed lists of recommendations of the tests, treatments, and procedures that healthcare providers and consumers should question. Each recommendation is based on the best available evidence.