Choosing Wisely Australia® has been launched today in Sydney. The initiative aims to start conversations between consumers and clinicians about unnecessary, tests, treatments and procedures, enhancing the quality of care and, where appropriate, reducing unnecessary care.
With a focus on high quality care, the initiative is being led by Australia’s medical colleges and societies and facilitated by NPS MedicineWise, and builds on the success of the Choosing Wisely campaigns in the US and Canada. So far the initiative has the support of these medical colleges and societies:
- Australasian College of Emergency Medicine
- Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy
- The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
- The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists
- The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia
- The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (as the coordinating body for RACP members and specialty societies)
NPS Medicinewise, as the facilitator for Choosing Wisely Australia, have outlined these objectives for the initiative:
- Encourage clinicians to engage in conversations with consumers about the overuse of tests, treatments and medical procedures.
- Support consumers to make informed choices, in consultation with their clinicians, about getting the right care while limiting exposure to unnecessary tests, treatments and medical procedures.
- Cultivate a culture of responsible stewardship of health care resources among clinicians – from those in medical schools to those in professional practice.
- Engender public dialogue on the issue ‘more is not always better’ when it comes to medical tests, treatments and procedures.
- Engage health system and non-medical stakeholders, at state/territory and national levels, in the implementation of the Choosing Wisely Australia initiative.
The Consumers Health Forum of Australia joined with supporters and stakeholders at the launch, with CHF CEO Leanne Wells noting that “Choosing Wisely exposes health care to the sort of scrutiny which has too often been absent in the past. This enables consumers to have a more active role in their treatment choices - a development which research is showing improves outcomes, reduces costs and leaves both patient and clinician more satisfied”.
You can find out more about Choosing Wisely Australia at www.choosingwisely.org.au and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ChooseWiselyAu. You might also be interested in this list of 5 questions to ask your doctor before you get any test, treatment, or procedure.
You can also check out this video created by Choosing Wisely Canada - https://youtu.be/FqQ-JuRDkl8