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Choosing Wisely

As part of our person-centred care program, Metro South Health has partnered with Choosing Wisely Australia and NPS MedicineWise to become a Choosing Wisely Champion and start the conversation between patients and clinicians about what care is truly needed.



What is Choosing Wisely?

Choosing Wisely Australia® is a clinician-led initiative that aims to reduce unnecessary healthcare by limiting patient exposure to tests, treatments and procedures where evidence shows they have little benefit, or may cause harm.

Led by Australia’s medical colleges, societies and associations and facilitated by NPS MedicineWise, Choosing Wisely Australia challenges the way we think about healthcare, questioning the notion 'more is always better'. 

As the catalyst for public discussion, Choosing Wisely Australia is encouraging clinicians and consumers to start a conversation about what care is truly needed – identifying which practices are helpful and which are not.

With the complexity of tests, treatments, and procedures available to modern medicine, the challenge is that not all add value. Some are rendered redundant as others take their place. Unnecessary practices are a diversion away from effective care. They often lead to more frequent and invasive investigations that can expose the consumer to undue risk of harm, emotional stress, or financial cost.

A large cross-section of colleges, societies and associations have come together to identify practices that warrant scrutiny, examining the evidence and drawing on the expert opinion of their members to develop a list of recommendations: "Tests, treatments and procedures to question."

The sharing of information among peers is a key to reducing these problematic practices that have become ingrained in the system. Importantly, it sets the scene for wider community involvement.

As the major provider of public health services, and health education and research, in the Brisbane south side, Logan, Redlands and Scenic Rim regions, Metro South Health strives to provide you with the best possible healthcare experience at every encounter.  The Choosing Wisely Australia® initiative aligns strongly with Metro South Health’s values and strategic plan to deliver high-quality health care though innovative and evidence-based strategies.

Why are we doing it?

As the major provider of public health services, and health education and research, in the Brisbane south side, Logan, Redlands and Scenic Rim regions, Metro South Health strives to provide you with the best possible healthcare experience at every encounter.  The Choosing Wisely Australia® initiative aligns strongly with Metro South Health’s values and strategic plan to deliver high-quality health care though innovative and evidence-based strategies.

How are we doing it?

Choosing Wisely in Metro South

Last updated 17 August 2018
Last reviewed 17 August 2018