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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.

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The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists: tests, treatments and procedures clinicians and consumers should question

Recommendations from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists on imaging for ankle trauma, deep venous thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism, low back pain, whole breast radiation therapy, prostate cancer, bone metastases, brain radiation therapy & locoregional therapy.

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Faculty of Pain Medicine: tests, treatments & procedures clinicians & consumers should question

Recommendations from the Faculty of Pain Medicine on chronic pain, neuropathic pain & low back pain.

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The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia: tests, treatments and procedures clinicians and consumers should question

Recommendations from The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia on urinary tract infections, PSA testing, vitamin D deficiency screening, serum tumor marker tests & hyperlipidaemia.

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Type 2 Diabetes

How often should you monitor your blood glucose levels if you have type 2 diabetes? Download a factsheet about self-monitoring & managing diabetes.

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Choosing Wisely Australia videos

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

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Antibiotic resources for consumers

Consumers & carers can find resources about antibiotics here.

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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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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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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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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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