Latest news from Choosing Wisely Australia
In this edition of our newsletter: COVID-19 and medicines; Choosing Wisely recommendations informing the latest NPS MedicineWise program; jump on board – the reasons why your organisation should become a Choosing Wisely health service; new resources for clinical educators and our latest toolkit for general practice.
Information hub: Being medicinewise during COVID-19
We want to express our support and thanks to all of those from our sector who are responding to COVID-19 and who are committed to providing health care to people across Australia.
NPS MedicineWise is regularly publishing new articles to help people navigate their medicines during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 information hub is available at www.nps.org.au/coronavirus
Specific Choosing Wisely messages are in development to help raise awareness about using resources wisely during this time – stay tuned for updates.
A big welcome to three new health services
We are excited to welcome Launceston General Hospital (TAS), Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (NSW) and West Moreton Health (QLD) to our Champion Health Services network, bringing the total number of health services implementing Choosing Wisely to 38.
Why become a Choosing Wisely health service?
Health services are leading the implementation of Choosing Wisely Australia through clinician-led initiatives. Hospitals are bringing together champions of quality evidence-based care - from specialist units, general medicine, nurses and medical trainees - under the Choosing Wisely umbrella.
For Choosing Wisely to have an impact on healthcare service delivery, it is vital that health services are championing the initiative at a local level. From Primary Health Networks and Local Health Districts, to hospitals and primary care practices, Choosing Wisely Australia encourages health services to engage in reducing unnecessary tests, treatments or procedures that are prevalent in their particular settings and so vital in the current environment
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.
Find out more about becoming a Choosing Wisely Australia Champion Health Service.
Thoracic Society recommendation informs new NPS MedicineWise asthma program
A recommendation from the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand on combination therapy (inhaled corticosteroids with long-acting beta2 agonist) has been incorporated into a new educational program on paediatric asthma from NPS MedicineWise.
The recommendation, ‘Do not prescribe combination therapy (inhaled corticosteroids with long-acting beta2 agonist) as initial therapy in mild to moderate asthma before a trial of inhaled corticosteroids alone’, has been included as part of the discussion between NPS MedicineWise educational visitors and GPs and other health professionals to support the key messages of the asthma program, while raising awareness of Choosing Wisely, the recommendations, and alignment with quality use of medicines principles.
The program on Asthma and children: diagnosis and treatment offers:
- Free one-on-one virtual educational visits for health professionals. Virtual visits are approved activities under the RACGP and ACRRM CPD programs. Pharmacists and practice nurses who participate can record the virtual visit as 1 hour CPD activity.
- A Medicinewise News article: Spirometry and its role in diagnosing children’s asthma
- Health professional website content on asthma
- Updated health professional inhaler technique checklist
- Patient fact sheet on spirometry
- Consumer online information on asthma
To find out more go to nps.org.au/professionals/asthma-and-children-diagnosis-and-treatment
Clinical educators: this is the toolkit for you
In response to a growing demand for educational material about the Choosing Wisely initiative, a new Health Resource Stewardship Toolkit for clinical educators has been developed for use in universities, hospitals and health professional colleges.
Featuring presentation slides and case studies, the toolkit is designed for audiences including undergraduate students, early career clinicians undertaking work placement, early career clinicians undertaking specialist training and established clinicians who are full members or fellows of their respective colleges.
Find out more and download the presentation slides and case studies here.
Addressing unnecessary healthcare in general practice
For GPs, Registrars, Nurses and other general practice who want to address unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures in their practice, a new general practice toolkit will help equip you for this task.
Including recommendations and resources for GPs, ways to involve patients and carers, a list of NPS MedicineWise topics and CPD opportunities, and online education for registrars and students, this toolkit will help you raise awareness and implementation of Choosing Wisely in your everyday practice.
The flu shot, explained
Stopping the flu saves lives. NPS MedicineWise has just published an updated article for consumers on why getting your flu vaccination is good for you and for others, why you should still get the flu shot during the COVID-19 pandemic, and what else you can do to stop the spread of flu.
The Choosing Wisely implementation toolkit provides guidance on planning and carrying out an effective Choosing Wisely project for your health service.
Choosing Wisely Australia translated resources
Explore the translated versions of the 5 questions you should consider asking your doctor or other healthcare provider.