Consumers and carers

Choosing Wisely Launch Event Video (short)

Choosing Wisely launches in Australia. Check out what happened at the launch on the 29th April 2015.

Choosing Wisely Australia Event Video (short)

DR LYNN WEEKES:

More is not always better and Choosing Wisely challenges that thinking and reminds clinicians that it can be not only wasteful but also sometimes harmful.

PROFESSOR SALLY MCcARTHY:

Performing inappropriate tests and procedures is really wasting time, wasting resources.

DR LYNN WEEKES:

Choosing Wisely encourages conversations among clinicians and between doctors and patients.

DR GREGORY SLATER:

All of this is about changing the patient expectation that they're gonna get a test and about the pressure that's on the referring doctor to actually do a test.

PROFESSOR PETER STEWART:

Well, I think for the patient, there are very definite advantages. I think they will have an evidence base behind the sort of testing that will be done on them. They will be able to be informed better.

DARLENE COX:

It will help give me tools and my doctors tools to have a very strong, engaged, meaningful conversation around the most appropriate healthcare options for me.

LEANNE WELLS:

I think to have consumers empowered like that, all the evidence tells us that that's where we get better health outcomes.

DR FRANK JONES:

As a flow on effect from that, if we stop doing some of these unnecessary investigations and tests, they may well be a benefit for the health economy of Australia.

PROFESSOR SALLY MCcARTHY:

It shouldn't be underestimated how us all getting together and hopefully more of our colleagues, you know, as this gains momentum, how powerful it will be in better directing resources and improving care for patients.

DARLENE COX:

So we don't want unnecessary referrals, we don't want unnecessary tests. We want healthcare that meets our needs that's affordable and accessible and I think that's what Choosing Wisely gives us the opportunity to do.

Choosing Wisely Australia translated resources

Explore the translated versions of the 5 questions you should consider asking your doctor or other healthcare provider.

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