HSRAANZ Webinar Series – Choosing Wisely – where we came from, where we are going and why we need you.






HSRAANZ Webinar Series - Choosing Wisely – where we came from, where we are going and why we need you.

When: Sep 28, 2016 11:30 AM (GMT+10:00) Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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Choosing Wisely Australia aims to improve the quality of healthcare through bringing to light tests, treatments, and procedures where evidence shows they provide no benefit or, in some cases, lead to harm. Led by Australia’s medical and allied health colleges, societies and associations and facilitated by NPS MedicineWise, Choosing Wisely Australia challenges the way we think about healthcare, questioning the notion 'more is always better'. Unnecessary practices are a diversion away from effective care. They often lead to more frequent and invasive investigations that can expose the consumer to undue risk of harm, emotional stress, or financial cost. To date 19 colleges, societies and associations have come together to develop lists of recommendations: "Tests, treatments and procedures to question."

This webinar will be jointly presented by Dr Robyn Lindner from NPS MedicineWise and Professor Adam Elshaug who is a member of the Choosing Wisely Advisory Group. They will outline the road travelled thus far in facilitating the roll out Choosing Wisely Australia: the challenges, successes and lessons learned.

They will highlight case studies of where Choosing Wisely recommendations are being implemented at the clinical coalface; discuss where to from here; and how the campaign fits with the international Choosing Wisely movement (with over a dozen countries now participating). Lastly, they will draw attention to how members of the health services and policy research community can become engaged with the campaign through design, implementation and evaluation.

Dr Robyn Lindner
robyn-2048-1-3Dr Robyn Lindner is Client Relationships Manager at NPS MedicineWise - an independent not for profit organisation that develops programs for both health professionals and consumers to support quality use of medicines and health technologies including diagnostics. As part of this role, Robyn has recently led the implementation of a new healthcare initiative to Australia called Choosing Wisely. This initiative seeks to start a conversation about appropriate healthcare in Australia by challenging the notion that more is always better when it comes to healthcare.


Professor Adam Elshaug
adam-1-crop-2Adam Elshaug is Professor of Health Policy, HCF Research Foundation Professorial Research Fellow, and Co-Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy (MCHP) at The University of Sydney. He also Heads the Value in Health Care Division within MCHP, is Senior Fellow with the Lown Institute in Boston, a ministerial appointee to the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce, a member of the Choosing Wisely Australia advisory group, the Choosing Wisely International Planning Committee, the ACSQHC's Atlas of Healthcare Variation Advisory Group, and an elected Member of the Executive Committee of the Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand (HSRAANZ). He is a Chief Investigator within the Wiser Healthcare Collaborative: http://wiserhealthcare.org.au/ and his work in the area of low-value care has resulted in first-author publications in journals such as the NEJM, BMJ, JAMA, and MJA among others.