NPS Media Release – Choosing Wisely: The Next Wave

11 FEBRUARY 2016

The next wave of Choosing Wisely Australia® will launch on 16 March 2016.

The global initiative continues to expand and gain momentum in Australia in 2016. Medical colleges, societies and associations are uniting at the launch to take the lead on identifying over 50 medical tests, treatments and procedures that are of proven low value or carry an unnecessary risk. The organisations releasing their recommendations of “Five things clinicians and consumers should question” at the next wave launch are:

*  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 

*  Australian Physiotherapy Association 

*  The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia 

*  Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

*  Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases

*  Endocrine Society of Australia

*  Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand

*  Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine

*  Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine

*  Australasian College of Dermatologists


First wave member, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, will be releasing their second list of recommendations at the March launch. And the launch will showcase work underway by first wave members to implement their Choosing Wisely recommendations.

Choosing Wisely Australia is facilitated by NPS MedicineWise, an independent, not-for-profit, evidence-based organisation that promotes quality use of medicines and medical tests. The Choosing Wisely initiative is health profession-led, consumer-centered and based on current evidence. The first wave of recommendations were announced by five medical colleges in April 2015. Those lists are available at

About Choosing Wisely

Choosing Wisely Australia® is enabling clinicians, consumers and healthcare stakeholders to start important conversations about tests, treatments and procedures where evidence shows they provide no benefit and in some cases lead to harm. The campaign is being led by Australia’s medical colleges and societies and is facilitated by NPS MedicineWise.

To find out more join the conversation on twitter @ChooseWiselyAU or email   

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