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Metro South Health is launching a large-scale engagement project involving consumers, clinicians and GPs to implement the Choosing Wisely principles and recommendations across the health service. Choosing Wisely is an international initiative aimed at improving patient care by reducing and eliminating unnecessary, potentially harmful tests, treatments and procedures performed and prescribed.
With the complexity of tests, treatments, and procedures available to modern medicine, the challenge is that not all add value and can lead to more frequent and invasive investigations that can expose the consumer to undue risk of harm, emotional stress, or financial cost.
The Choosing Wisely Australia® principles align strongly with Metro South Health’s values and strategic plan to deliver high-quality healthcare though innovative and evidence-based strategies.
Together, 37 medical Colleges and Societies across Australia have contributed over 170 recommendations to health practitioners, providing a starting point between clinicians and patients to eliminate low-value care.
Reduce and eliminate unnecessary, potentially harmful tests, treatments and procedures performed and prescribed using the principles identified through the Choosing Wisely initiative.