Choosing Wisely Week: Are you getting the right amount of healthcare?

It's important patients and their families and carers can feel comfortable asking questions of their healthcare providers.

This year, through its 'Choosing Wisely Week', campaign (22–28 March 2021), NPS MedicineWise aims to bring health professionals and consumers together in a national conversation about unnecessary healthcare.

Key to the campaign is encouraging people to use these five questions to ensure they get the right amount of care – not too much and not too little:

  1. Do I really need this test, treatment or procedure?
  2. What are the risks?
  3. Are there simpler, safer options?
  4. What happens if I don’t do anything?
  5. What are the costs?

NPS MedicineWise has developed several toolkits to support health services, health professional colleges, and consumer health organisations to adapt and use to promote Choosing Wisely.

Hospital implementation toolkit: Providing best-practice information, tools and templates, this toolkit will help you address unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures in your health services by ensuring governance, change management, communications, design, evaluation and intervention needs are covered.

Pandemic guidance for health professionals: This specific pandemic guidance is designed to assist clinicians and consumers to access reliable information about the pandemic. It is based on current evidence and will continue to be updated as evidence evolves over time.

Toolkit for clinical educators: In response to a growing demand for educational material about the Choosing Wisely initiative, a new Health Resource Stewardship Toolkit for clinical educators – featuring presentation slides and case studies – has been developed for use in universities, hospitals and health professional colleges for undergraduate students; and established clinicians who are full members or fellows of their respective colleges.