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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 of NPS MedicineWise in partnership with Australia's health professional colleges, societies and associations. The campaign is enabling clinicians, consumers and healthcare stakeholders to start important conversations about tests, treatments and procedures where evidence shows they provide no benefit, or in some cases, lead to harm.

It brings together Australia’s health professional bodies, health services, clinicians and other healthcare providers, researchers, consumer advocates, consumers and the media in a national dialogue to shift the culture around low-value and unnecessary healthcare.

Vision and mission

The core focus of the Choosing Wisely movement is to encourage health professionals and patients to have candid conversations about available and appropriate health management options, with the long-term goal of ensuring fewer people undergo healthcare they don’t need.

How Choosing Wisely can help

They support consumers in choosing healthcare, encouraging them to engage in shared decisions about their care – that is evidence-based, truly necessary, doesn’t duplicate care and avoids harm.

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Call 02 8217 8700 for more information, or to share a view or personal experience Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm AEST.

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Last reviewed: February 2020

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Patient guide to managing pain and opioid medicines - Choosing wisely

 

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Ankle and knee imaging resources for consumers - Choosing wisely

Ankle and knee resources for consumers, including useful links and factsheets.

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Do not routinely prescribe oral antibiotics to children with fever without an identified bacterial infection - Choosing wisely

 

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

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

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What is a vitamin D test - Choosing wisely

Vitamin D levels are determined by a simple blood test that measures 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25-OHD).

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What causes bronchitis - Choosing wisely

Bronchitis is usually caused by viruses, including the common cold and flu, but bacteria can sometimes cause it.

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Patient & Public Engagement in Choosing Wisely - Choosing wisely

 

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What is a medicines review? - Choosing wisely

A medicines review can improve your treatment and prevent problems, especially for elderly patients taking multiple drugs.

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Adrenaline for severe allergies - Choosing wisely

Adrenaline (epinephrine) reverses the effects of anaphylaxis, which is a severe allergic reaction and should be treated as a medical emergency.

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Heartburn and reflux: manage your medicine - Choosing wisely

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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