Consumers and carers

Starting a Choosing Wisely conversation

Start a Choosing Wisely conversation with this new toolkit for consumer health advocates.

Thank you for your interest in our new Choosing Wisely Australia Conversation Starter Kit and for your support in achieving better health outcomes for Australians.

This kit of resources has been created to support the delivery of Choosing Wisely’s key messages. It has been co-designed by NPS MedicineWise and the Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) with consumer advocates, health professionals and representatives of Primary Health Networks as part of a Choosing Wisely Australia Consumer Expert Working Group.

The aim of Choosing Wisely is to encourage better conversations between consumers and their healthcare providers about tests, treatments and procedures being recommended.

We appreciate your use of the Conversation Starter Kit as part of your consumer health advocacy activities to help reduce unnecessary healthcare in Australia.

The kit includes an introductory guide, presentation slides, a new video and links to a range of useful Choosing Wisely Australia resources, including a key resource for consumers – 5 Questions to ask your doctor or other healthcare provider.

With your help, we can start new conversations about the importance of good discussions during healthcare appointments that enable shared decision-making.

As always, we welcome your feedback on the kit, how it’s received and any ideas for its further development.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Robyn Lindner
Client Relations, NPS MedicineWise
Co-chair Consumer Expert Working Group

Leanne Wells
CEO, Consumers Health Forum of Australia
Co-chair Consumer Expert Working Group

Conversation starter kit

Conversation Starter Kit

This kit contains links to all the elements you will need to deliver a presentation on Choosing Wisely Australia, including key messages, presentation slides (this will automatically download in your browser window and be saved in your downloads folder), ‘5 Questions to ask your doctor’ resource, ‘It’s OK to ask questions’ video, a social media guide and an evaluation consent form.

Download the kit

If you have any questions about the kit, please email [email protected]

It's OK to ask questions - video

Australians are being encouraged to ask questions of their doctors and other healthcare providers about any tests, treatments and procedures being recommended to them.

5 Questions

5 questions to ask your doctor or other healthcare provider to make sure you end up with the right amount of care.

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