Come to the Choosing Wisely Symposium and find out more on how to use the Choosing Wisely campaign to improve care and create a culture where patients and health professionals can have valuable, informed conversations avoiding unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures.

Sometimes, more care is not better – and unnecessary interventions not only fail to improve a patient’s care… they can even cause harm.

Find out more – this symposium is aimed at health professionals, service managers and policy makers who want to know more about this international campaign, how it is working overseas and what is already happening in NZ  and how your service can make a difference.  The keynote speaker  is Prof Wendy Levinson, Chair of Choosing Wisely Canada.

Choosing Wisely Implementation Symposium 30 March 2017, Wellington. REGISTER NOW!

Preview our line-up of expert speakers here.


Choosing Wisely promotes the four questions all patients should ask their health professional to help them Choose Wisely:

  • Do I really need to have this test, treatment or procedure?
  • What are the risks?
  • Are there simpler, safer options?
  • What happens if I do nothing?


Why choose wisely?

Canadian expert Dr Mike Evans explains why not all testing brings benefits – and the questions every patient should ask. Annual physical checks do not necessarily apply in New Zealand – do discuss what screening tests are right for you with your health professional.

Choosing wisely in action.

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About us

Choosing Wisely New Zealand is health professional led, patient focussed, and here to promote quality care, through better decisions. It is multi professional – engaging doctors, nurses, pharmacists, midwives and other health professional groups – as part of an international community of Choosing Wisely initiatives taking place around the world

Choosing Wisely is a global initiative that has been implemented in a number of countries, including USA, Canada, the UK, Australia and some of Europe.

The campaign aims to promote a culture where low value and inappropriate clinical interventions are avoided, and patients and health professionals have well-informed conversations around their treatment options, leading to better decisions and outcomes.