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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@St Vincent’s​

Contact Vicky Jones (Continuous Improvement Coach) for more detail about Choosing Wisely at St Vincent's:


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Choosing Wisely Australia: National Medicines Symposium (NMS) 2020

The NPS MedicineWise is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that enables better decisions about medicines, medical tests and other health technologies. It receives funding from the Australian Government Department of Health. 

Register for the National Medicines Symposium (NMS) 2020 to be held as fully virtual event on Monday, 7 December. With the theme Rising to the medication safety challenge, NMS 2020 will bring together influential organisations, individuals and decision makers within the health sector to discuss and consider collaborative approaches to improving medication safety that focus on the needs of the consumer. NMS 2020 will feature expert speakers to provide the latest updates on medicine safety and the challenges we are facing in our current health environment, including Prof Alex Broom, Prof Amanda Wheeler and Prof Clara Chow. Australian comedian Tim Ferguson will be facilitating the event. The virtual event will have all the program features of past NMS events including concurrent sessions as well as lightning talks and panel discussions. Program streams will include:

  • medication without harm

  • insights from consumer journeys

  • clinical innovation to meet new challenges

  • partnerships in health - collaborating for impact and

  • medicines literacy for all.

An innovative online platform will encourage digital networking and interaction between participants and presenters throughout the day. 

Registration is now open at $100 for the full day online event.



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The Carl de Gruchy Library is currently operating a remote service (online library)

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Hours: 8.45 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Monday to Friday

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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