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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.

Mission and vision

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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Choosing Wisely Australia videos - Choosing wisely

Keep updated with interviews, case studies and news clips from the Choosing Wisely Australia initiative.

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Are there medical tests for fatigue - Choosing wisely

Fatigue is a symptom that can have many causes, and there is no specific test, only tests may help to identify a physical cause for tiredness.

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The downside of benzos: risk of dependence - Choosing wisely

Using benzodiazepines continuously for longer than 4 weeks can be problematic because tolerance and dependence are more likely to develop, which can lead to more severe side effects.Read about benzodiazepine use on the NPS MedicineWise website.

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Starting a Choosing Wisely conversation - Choosing wisely

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

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Communicating with your healthcare provider - Choosing wisely

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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Patient & public engagement in Choosing Wisely - Choosing wisely

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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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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 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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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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