Health services across Australia are championing the Choosing Wisely initiative to improve the safety and quality of health care for hospital patients. The implementation of projects to reduce unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures for both inpatients and outpatients are helping to drive improvements in patient care.
Austin HealthVisit page
Reducing coagulation studies ordered at Austin Health by Asmara Jammali-Blasi - Choosing Wisely Project Manager (Choosing Wisely Australia 2017 National Meeting)
Eastern HealthVisit page
NUTS: No unnecessary tests at Eastern Health by Janet Steele - Project Manager (Choosing Wisely Australia 2017 National Meeting)
'No Unnecessary Tests' (NUTs) Aims to scale up a successful and proven project at Eastern Health's Box Hill Emergency Department with a focus on reducing unnecessary tests. In 2016, Eastern Health produced a short video to be shown at a Healthcare forum in Sweden about the NUTS campaign.
Drowning in data: the argument for no unnecessary tests Explores how Eastern Health identifies the likely hotspots of unnecessary testing, their underlying causes and the use of a four-step approach they designed to change clinical practice on a theoretical framework.
Engaging young doctors to help drive change During the past two years Eastern Health has been implementing its No Unnecessary Tests (NUTS) program, which has strong alignment with the principles of Choosing Wisely Australia. The NUTS philosophy is that patients should receive investigations that will benefit clinical decision-making.
Gold Coast HealthVisit page
Managing the demand and improving the quality use of pathology testing at Gold Coast Health by Therese Kelly - Choosing Wisely Pathology Project Manager (Choosing Wisely Australia 2017 National Meeting)
Monash HealthVisit page
Disseminating, disinvesting and reducing low value care: The Monash Health experience by Angela Melder - Manager, Centre for Clinical Effectiveness (Choosing Wisely Australia 2017 National Meeting)
Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital (RBWH)Visit page
Working to reduce duplicate or unnecessary care: Are we "Choosing Wisely"? Jessica Toleman - Clinical Lead on implementing the Choosing Wisely Australia program in the hospital environment
Sir Charles Gairdner Osborne Park Health Care GroupVisit page
Implementation of Choosing Wisely Australia initiatives at Sir Charles Gairdner Osborne Park Hospital by Dr Matthew Anstey, Intensive Care and Emergency Physician / Chair of the Choosing Wisely Australia Advisory Group (Choosing Wisely Australia 2017 National Meeting)
South Eastern Sydney Local Health DistrictVisit page
Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health ServiceVisit page
Choose Wisely Choose Co-Design Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service (SCHHS) recognises that for many people hospital is just one part of their healthcare journey, so helping consumers ask questions about their care and promoting broader collaboration with consumers is vital.
Participation as a Choosing Wisely health service member provides a range of opportunities:
- Promotion as a Choosing Wisely Champion
- Connections to a growing network of engaged clinicians and health services
- Connections to health professional colleges, societies and associations
- Being part of a forum that shares ideas and supports learning
- Potential to jointly apply for funding
- Access to relevant resources
- Development of resources
- Collaboration on evaluation of impact.