Choosing Wisely Forum 2019

The Choosing Wisely forum Continuing the Conversation will be held at Te Wharewaka in Wellington on Friday 10 May, 2019.

The forum provides an opportunity for health professionals to learn more about how to develop and extend their Choosing Wisely work, and to hear from consumers.

We will also be assisting consumers to attend the meeting to repeat last year’s commentary from consumers on all sessions. Feedback on last year’s forum noted that the consumer presence was key to adding value.

We have some exciting keynote speakers lined up, including:

Professor Tammy Hoffman from the Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice, Bond University, Queensland who will be talking about shared decision-making;

Associate Professor Sue Crengle from Otago University’s Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, who will discuss Choosing Wisely and equity; and

Dr Robyn Lindner, of Choosing Wisely Australia and NPS MedicineWise who will present on implementation and evaluation of Choosing Wisely.

A call for abstracts for presentations from those involved in Choosing Wisely work in New Zealand to fit our themes will be made soon.

There will also be a repeat of the last year’s popular special interest groups aimed at a wide range of health professionals, including Choosing Wisely 101 for those just learning about this work.

Choosing Wisely supports reducing unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures in health care. The campaign is gaining momentum in New Zealand. It is in place in 17 DHBs, and is supported by a number of PHOs and GP practices. Thirty-one medical colleges, specialty societies and health practitioners’ associations are now linked to the campaign. More than 154 lists of tests, treatments and procedures that should be questioned have been developed, along with 45 patient resources.

Be sure to sign up here so you don’t miss updates and registration deadlines.