Implementation

Choosing Wisely Australia encourages and supports clinicians, consumers and organizations committed to embedding Choosing Wisely recommendations and principles into practice. An increasing number of quality improvement projects and activities are underway across the country that are building capacity for the spread and scale of Choosing Wisely. These projects are locally led and adapted to address issues that are a priority for that setting. Implementation is supported by a growing array of toolkits that are available to support your project. As well, we host networking forums to encourage sharing of both resources and learnings.

A Choosing Wisely approach to improve opioid prescribing
21 Jul 2021 | Media centre

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.

Your dermatology telehealth appointment – A five step guide
08 Mar 2021 | Media centre

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
01 Mar 2021 | Media centre

‘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’.

Promoting Choosing Wisely recommendations in QLD Emergency Departments
08 Mar 2021 | Media centre

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.

A personal journey from a carer to a Choosing Wisely advocate
17 Dec 2020 | Media centre

A personal journey from a carer to a Choosing Wisely advocate

Debra Letica never expected to become a carer during her lifetime, but it was the most natural thing to do. She now uses and promotes Choosing Wisely personally and as a consumer advocate in the health system.

Reducing risks for patients with intravenous cannulas at Sunshine Coast University Hospital
19 Aug 2020 | Media centre

Reducing risks for patients with intravenous cannulas at Sunshine Coast University Hospital

A nurse and medical led quality project at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital emergency department (ED) to reduce antecubital fossa (ACF) inserted cannulas is delivering big benefits for patients.

Opioid Wisely: reducing ‘over-supply’ of opioids at hospital discharge
06 Aug 2020 | Media centre

Opioid Wisely: reducing ‘over-supply’ of opioids at hospital discharge

With the prescribing rates of opioids in Australia continuing to rise, the team from the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (SCGH) in Western Australia have developed a new guideline and discharge form to support best-practice Choosing Wisely principles in opioid prescribing.

Downloadable slide deck for Choosing Wisely Australia
29 Jun 2020 | Media centre

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.

Choose Wisely Choose Co-Design
27 Feb 2020 | Media centre

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.

Geelong GP helps patients to ask questions
27 Feb 2020 | Media centre

Geelong GP helps patients to ask questions

Dr Deb Harley is a general practitioner in a large Geelong practice and has been a keen supporter of the Choosing Wisely initiative over the past few years.

Clinical case studies to promote recommendations
05 May 2020 | Media centre

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.

Engaging	young doctors to help drive change
25 Jun 2020 | Media centre

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.

Reducing low-value care in bronchiolitis at the Royal Children’s Hospital
01 Sep 2020 | Media centre

Reducing low-value care in bronchiolitis at the Royal Children’s Hospital

In our first Choosing Wisely project, The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) aimed to reduce low-value care in bronchiolitis, a viral chest infection which leads to the highest number of hospital admissions in infants during winter.

Becoming a Choosing Wisely Champion Health Service

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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