Forum 2020

On Friday 1 May 2020 in Wellington, the fourth Choosing Wisely campaign forum will be
held in Wellington, in partnership with the Health Quality & Safety Commission. The forum
will provide an opportunity for health professionals to learn more about how to develop and
extend their Choosing Wisely work, and to hear from consumers.

The last Choosing Wisely forum was held in May 2019, with the theme Continuing the
conversation. It was attended by about 130 people.

An evaluation of the 2019 forum found that potential practice changes included:

  • further investigating Choosing Wisely within a region
  • always ensuring the four questions were asked and answered
  • initiating a planning group to investigate how to influence Choosing Wisely within an
  • encouraging nurses and doctors to bring patients’ needs and requests to the table
    focusing on communication, equity and evaluation
  • consideration of development of guidelines and collaboration.


Registration is now open for the fourth national Choosing Wisely forum

Registration for the Choosing Wisely 2020 forum is now open. The forum, Choosing Wisely – Choosing Equity: a focus on equity, sustainability and shared decision-making is being held in Wellington on 1 May 2020.

Register now at:

This is an important opportunity to learn about Choosing Wisely and sustainability, equity and shared decision making; and to share your experiences and knowledge.

We have some exciting keynote speakers lined up:

  • Dr Kaveh Shojania (by video link) editor-in-chief of BMJ Quality and Safety talking on Choosing Wisely and sustainability of health care
  • Melissa Fox, chief executive of Health Consumers Queensland and consumer representative of Choosing Wisely Australia. She will be talking on Choosing Wisely and engaging with consumers
  • Prof David Tipene-Leach, professor of Māori and indigenous research at EIT and chair of Te ORA talking about understanding unconscious bias
  • Anna Adcock, researcher, talking about the research she has been conducting on shared decision making for Māori.
Two special interest groups on 30 April 2020

You will be able to register for two pre-forum workshop sessions to be held on the afternoon of the 30 April 2020, 4-6pm on:

  • Choosing Wisely 101 – learn the basics of implementing Choosing Wisely in your service
  • Choosing Wisely involving medical students and trainees.

Call for abstracts for the CW Forum on 1 May 2020

The fourth National Choosing Wisely Forum will be held on 1 May 2020 – to register go to

At this stage we are also calling for abstracts linked to Choosing Wisely and the conference themes and posters on innovative NZ Choosing Wisely projects and/or evaluation of Choosing Wisely projects in NZ. Details set out below and on the abstract form.

Abstracts are being called for presentations of up to 10 minutes that focus on the following topics:

  • Choosing Wisely and the sustainability of healthcare.
  • Choosing Wisely and engaging with consumers.
  • Choosing Wisely and shared decision making
  • Choosing Wisely and shared goals of care.
  • Choosing Wisely and choosing equity.

Priority will be given to those adhering to the abstract criteria.

The successful presentations will be selected by a Choosing Wisely committee of health professionals and consumers.

We are also seeking poster presentations on innovative Choosing Wisely projects being implemented in NZ and on the evaluation of NZ Choosing Wisely projects.

Call for Abstracts and posters closes on Friday 21 February 2020

Send us an outline of your abstract here:

For queries regarding abstract and programme content please contact Sue Ineson

For queries regarding the abstract submission system please contact Caroline Greyvenstein on