Kia ora, the decision has now been made to cancel the Choosing Wisely NZ forum on 1 May in Wellington. Initially, we had considered still holding some sessions on-line, however we have now decided to completely cancel the event because of the extreme pressures on our health care community at this time.We have received a number of abstracts and poster outlines for the forum. We will be reviewing these and following up on a number, with a view to working with the authors to develop articles about them for promotion through Choosing Wisely and other channels, and for profiling at the Zoom forum. The Zoom session on 1 May will also be recorded and made available online to be viewed at any time.
Choosing Wisely would like to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of health professionals, researchers, staff, and administration who have mobilised across New Zealand to provide safe and quality care. This is an extremely challenging time for clinicians, the public, and the health care system, and many in our community have taken leadership in the collective efforts to address the COVID-19 public health crisis.
There has never been a better time to choose wisely in healthcare resource allocation. We are considering options to offer some of the 2020 forum programme at a later date. However, our main focus currently is on supporting the health, safety, and professional obligations of our workforce to patient care.
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