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Choosing Wisely Australia® and St Vincent’s Hospital are committed to delivering best practice health outcomes to patients, by eliminating unnecessary health care.

Choosing Wisely Week (Australia ) 2021

During Choosing Wisely Week (22-28 March 2021), champion health services around Australia will be promoting Choosing Wisely and showcasing projects that reduce unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures for the benefit of consumers.

Choosing Wisely is encouraging health professional colleges, consumer health organisations and other Choosing Wisely stakeholders to take part in Choosing Wisely Week and spread the Choosing Wisely message.

The free downloadable Choosing Wisely Week toolkit offers a range of items health services can use as part of their promotional and engagement activities, including the 5 Questions resources, key messaging, social media posts and videos to share, and a media release template.

Use #ChoosingWiselyWeek to share how you’re promoting Choosing Wisely Week across the network. Consider sharing your photos of Choosing Wisely Week activities with health services all around the country.

Tuesday 18 May 2021 is the National Medicines Symposium (NMS) – also an entirely virtual event.

The theme for NMS 2021 is Evaluating quality use of medicines: How do we know if we’re making a difference?

Program streams include collaboration with impact, measurement in practice: data and indicators, evaluating systems-based approaches to the quality use of medicines, and innovations in measurement.

The virtual Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting will take place on Wednesday 19 May 2021 with the theme Empowering consumers to choose wisely.

The meeting will focus on four streams:

  • building consumer confidence in shared decision making
  • health professionals leading by example
  • impact of ‘the conversation’
  • changing culture in organisations and systems.

Registration is now open for both the National Medicines Symposium 2021 on 18 May 2021 and the Choosing Wisely National Meeting on 19 May 2021. 

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Choosing Wisely Australia® is part of a global healthcare initiative to improve the safety and quality of healthcare.

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What is Choosing Wisely?

Choosing Wisely is an evidence based health educational campaign which identifies over 500 tests and procedures that are at risk of being over prescribed. In 2002, Medical professionalism in the new millennium: a Physician Charter, was published (Project of the ABIM Foundation, 2002) stating that physicians have a responsibility to promote health equity when some health resources are scarce, as a practical way of achieving distributive justice. 

In discussion with clinicians and patients, medical specialist societies were invited to make five to ten recommendations for preventing overuse of a treatment in their field. This information was then disseminated by the medical societies and made available to health professionals. 

With acknowledgement to: 29/9/19


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