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Choosing Wisely Australia

Choosing Wisely Australia challenges the way we think about health care, questioning the notion 'more is always better'.

Choosing Wisely Australia is an initiative which brings the medical community together to improve the quality of healthcare through considering tests, treatments, and procedures where evidence shows they provide no benefit or, in some cases, lead to harm.

It is led by Australia’s medical colleges and professional societies, and facilitated by NPS MedicineWise.

To date, five medical colleges have committed to the Australian programme:

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Last reviewed: April 2015

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The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners: tests, treatments and procedures clinicians and consumers should question

Recommendations from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners on proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), cardiovascular risk assessment, blood glucose self-monitoring & benzodiazepines, self-monitoring of blood glucose, proton pump inhibitor therapy, screening for vascular disease, colonoscopy, bronchitis, Pap smears, otitis media & thyroid tests.

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Australasian College for Emergency Medicine: tests, treatments and procedures clinicians and consumers should question

Recommendations from the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine on CT scans for head injury & renal colic, end-of-life care, cervical spine (neck) imaging & coagulation studies.

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Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy: tests, treatments and procedures clinicians and consumers should question

Recommendations from the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) on the introduction of solids to infants, treatment of anaphylaxis, alternative allergy testing, allergen immunotherapy and food-specific IgE testing.

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Coughs, colds & sore throats

Antibiotics arent likely to help coughs, colds or sore throats. Download a factsheet about treating respiratory infections here.

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5 questions to ask your doctor before you get any test, treatment, or procedure

Use these 5 questions to ask your doctor to make sure you end up with the right amount of care not too much and not too little.

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Video: The Pick Up by ONEWAY PICTURES

NPS MedicineWise and Tropfest have partnered to encourage creative individuals or groups to help spread a vital health message to Australians that, through misuse and overuse, antibiotics are losing their power. This film is by Vincent Zimbardi and Steve Callen of Oneway Pictures.

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Low back pain

Read and download a fact sheet on managing low back pain here.

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Communicating with your healthcare provider

Good communication between you and your healthcare provider is important. Download a factsheet with suggestions to help you get the most out of your doctor appointments.

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Heartburn and reflux: manage your medicine

Heartburn and reflux medicines (proton pump inhibitors) are often only needed for a short time. Download a factsheet about managing heartburn and reflux.

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Tests, treatments & procedures to question | Choosing Wisely Australia

Find out which tests, treatments or procedures clinicians & consumers should question, as recommended by Australia's peak health professional colleges & societies.

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