Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Consumer Engagement - Choosing Wisely at WCHN

Consumer and Community Engagement

Choosing Wisely at WCHN

Choosing Wisely at WCHN

The Women's and Children's Health Network is a Champion Health Service for Choosing Wisely, an international initiative which aims to reduce unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures.

Choosing Wisely is an initiative of NPS MedicineWise, which draws on the expertise of Australia’s peak medical bodies to develop lists of the tests, treatments, medicines and procedures where evidence shows they provide no benefit and, in some cases, lead to harm.

We encourage all patients and families who use our services to ask five key questions:

  1. Do I really need this test, treatment or procedure?
  2. What are the risks?
  3. Are there simpler, safer options?
  4. What happens if I don’t do anything?
  5. What are the costs?

With the complexity of tests, treatments, and procedures available to modern medicine, the challenge is that not all add value. Some are rendered redundant as others take their place. 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.

By working together with your clinician and actively questioning the use of tests and procedures we can develop the best possible health plan for you.

Further information about this international initiative is available on the Link iconChoosing Wisely Australia website.

An PDF iconA5 hand-out for consumers is available on the Choosing Wisely Australia website, which explains the five questions in greater detail.

For resources in other languages, Link iconvisit this page.

last modified: 26 Feb 2019