More colleges and societies have joined Choosing Wisely Australia, an initiative that is addressing unnecessary practices and questioning tests, treatments and procedures of proven low value.
The number of participating colleges and societies is growing as the campaign continues to build momentum, Choosing Wisely says.
Choosing Wisely Australia has welcomed:
- The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists;
- Australian College of Nursing;
- College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand;
- Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society;
- The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia; and
- Australian Physiotherapy Association.
“We are delighted to welcome another six colleges and specialty societies to Choosing Wisely Australia,” says Dr Robyn Lindner, Client Relations Manager at NPS MedicineWise.
“Participation in this initiative continues to broaden across the medical profession with the introduction of specialties including ophthalmology and intensive care medicine.
“It also sees the welcome addition of other health professionals with nursing, hospital pharmacy and physiotherapy all represented in this next wave.”
Focused on high quality care, Choosing Wisely Australia is enabling health professionals, healthcare stakeholders and everyday Australians to start important conversations about tests, treatments and procedures where evidence shows they provide limited or no benefit and in some cases can lead to harm, it says.
The first Choosing Wisely Australia recommendations were released in April 2015 by five medical colleges and societies.
The latest wave of Choosing Wisely Australia participants will release their lists of recommendations on tests, treatments and procedures to question in early 2016.