Launched in Australia in 2015, Choosing Wisely is a global health initiative that is enabling clinicians, consumers and healthcare stakeholders to start important conversations about tests, treatments and procedures, where evidence shows they provide no benefit, or in some cases, lead to harm.
Choosing Wisely Australia invites peak health professional colleges, societies and associations to develop lists of tests, treatments and procedures that clinicians and consumers should question. To date, Choosing Wisely Australia is supported by 45 member colleges, societies and associations and has published more than 190 recommendations of healthcare to question. Members and supporters include the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), Australasian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP).
Choosing Wisely Australia is also about empowering consumers to have the confidence to ask questions about their healthcare options, and for healthcare providers to create environments where consumers feel comfortable to do so.