Members, supporters & champion health services

Thanks to all the members and supporters listed below who have joined our journey to more appropriate use of tests, treatments and procedures. Thank you for taking the lead in changing the healthcare culture of 'more is always better'.

If your organisation would like to join Choosing Wisely Australia® and take the lead in improving healthcare, contact us.

Champion Health Services

Health Services across Australia are Championing the Choosing Wisely initiative to improve the safety and quality of health care for hospital patients. The implementation of projects to reduce unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures for both inpatients and outpatients are helping to drive improvements in patient care and hospital efficiences. 

For example, hospitals are bringing together champions of quality evidence-based care - from specialist units, general medicine, nurses and medical trainees - under the Choosing Wisely umbrella.

Member benefits

Participation as a Choosing Wisely health service member provides a range of opportunities:

  • Promotion as a Choosing Wisely Champion
  • Connections to a growing network of engaged clinicians and health services
  • Connections to health professional colleges, societies and associations
  • Being part of a forum that shares ideas and supports learning
  • Potential to jointly apply for funding
  • Access to relevant resources
  • Development of resources
  • Collaboration on evaluation of impact. 

Download the brochure for more information. If you’d like to become a Choosing Wisely Australia Champion Health Service, please contact us at

Austin Health is a tertiary academic public health service, which provides services to its local catchment and delivers a number of state wide services. Austin Health operates 980 beds across acute, sub-acute and mental health including the Austin Hospital, Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre, Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital and Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Hospital.

The Choosing Wisely initiative at the Austin Hospital is overseen by an expert steering committee and four clinical leads. The first focus for the project will be looking at the appropriate ordering of coagulation studies across the hospital.

The Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine (AChSHM) is a Chapter of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) Adult Internal Medicine Division that connects and represents Sexual Health Medicine Fellows and trainees in Australia and New Zealand.

ACEM is the not-for-profit organisation responsible for training emergency physicians and advancing professional standards in emergency medicine in Australia and New Zealand.

The Australasian College of Dermatologists was established in 1966 as the medical college responsible for the training and professional development of medical practitioners in the speciality of dermatology.

The Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP) is the pre-eminent professional body representing Sport and Exercise Physicians and Sport and Exercise Medicine in Australasia. The ACSEP is dedicated to providing a robust training experience for its Registrars whilst advancing the skills of its members through evidence based practice.

The Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID) Inc. is an independent organisation, founded in Melbourne in 1976 by an eminent group of physicians, pathologists and scientists. Membership encompasses Infectious Diseases Physicians, Clinical Microbiologists, Scientists, Infection Control Practitioners, Public Health Physicians, Sexual Health Physicians, Veterinarians and others eminent in the field of infectious diseases.

ASCEPT is the professional and independent Society in Australia and New Zealand with expertise in the use and toxicity of medicines and chemicals. Established in 1966, ASCEPT is affiliated with the International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (IUPHAR) and the International Union of Toxicology (IUTOX).

ASCIA is the professional body for allergy & clinical immunology in Australia & New Zealand. ASCIA is a member of the World Allergy Organisation (WAO) & is affiliated with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP).

ANZAN aims to ensure that high standards of clinical neurology are practised in Australia and New Zealand by playing an active role in training, continuing education and encouragement of teaching and research.

The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) ), including the Faculty of Pain Medicine, is one of Australasia's largest specialist medical colleges and is responsible for the training, examination and specialist accreditation of anaesthetists and pain medicine specialists and for the standards of clinical practice.

The Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society is the leading advocate on all intensive care related matters. ANZICS leads the world in intensive care research through its Clinical Trials Group and patient databases, including the Adult Patient Database, the Paediatric Intensive Care Registry and Critical Care Resources.

ANZSGM is the professional society for geriatricians and other medical practitioners with an interest in medical care of older people. The society acts to represent the needs of its members and the wider community in a bid to constantly review and improve the care of the older people in Australia and New Zealand. Its major functions are around education, policy development and review, and political advocacy.

ANZSPM is a specialty medical society that facilitates professional development and support for its members and promotes the practice of palliative medicine. AChPM is a Chapter of the RACP’s Adult Medicine Division.

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) is the national professional organisation for nurses in health and aged care settings. ACN provides nursing expertise to government and key stakeholders, and seeks to enhance the expertise of nurses when providing leadership and contribution to policy, practice and delivery of health care.

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is the peak body representing the interests of Australian physiotherapists and their patients. The APA is a national organisation with non-autonomous state and territory branches and specialty subgroups. The organisation has more than 19,000 members and over 300 members in volunteer positions on committees or working parties.

The College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand is the body responsible for intensive care medicine specialist training and education in Australia and New Zealand. The College offers a minimum six year training program, in both general and paediatric intensive care, with a number of assessments, culminating in Fellowship of the College of Intensive Care Medicine (FCICM).

The Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) is the national peak body representing the interests of Australian healthcare consumers. CHF works to achieve safe, quality, timely healthcare for all Australians, supported by accessible health information and systems.

Consumers Health Forum of Australia
CHF is working with Choosing Wisely Australia to ensure consumers understand the importance of having good conversations with their healthcare providers around the appropriate use of tests, treatments and procedures.


The Endocrine Society of Australia (ESA) is a national non-profit organisation of scientists and clinicians who conduct research and practice in the field of Endocrinology. The society was founded in 1958 and incorporated in 1986 in the State of Victoria.

The Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA) sets, promotes and continuously improves the standards of practice, training and research in gastroenterology and hepatology in Australia.

Gold Coast Health delivers a broad range of secondary and tertiary health services across two public hospitals (Gold Coast University Hospital and Robina Hospital), a number of health precincts and community health centres throughout the region. Key primary health services are also offered such as community child health clinics and oral health.

Gold Coast Health
The Choosing Wisely – Pathology project is exploring ways to better manage the demand and improve the quality use of pathology testing at Gold Coast Health. Pathology ordering practices are reviewed with clinical leads to check if they are appropriate, and changes are activated through education, guidelines, and agreements. Central to the project is the desire to improve patient safety and experience.

Founded in 1998, The Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand (HSANZ) seeks to promote, foster, develop and assist the study and application of information concerning haematology, and to promote improved standards, interest and research in all aspects of haematology.

healthdirect Australia provides trusted health information and advice online and over the phone (1800 022 222), available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Funded by the Governments of Australia.

healthdirect Australia
healthdirect is working with Choosing Wisely Australia to ensure consumers have access to the high-quality, evidence-based advice they need to make better health decisions.

The Human Genetics Society of Australasia was formed in 1977 to provide a forum for the various disciplines collected under the title of Human Genetics. The HGSA is a full member of the International Federation of Human Genetics Societies and domestically we work closely with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia as well as other groups through the Pathology Associations Council.

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) aims to better the health of individuals and the community by training quality Physicians. The RACP connects and represents over 14,950 Physicians, often referred to as Medical Specialists, and 6,500 Trainee Physicians in Australia and New Zealand.

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians website
RACP is participating in Choosing Wisely Australia by coordinating the involvement of their members and specialty societies.

RACS is the leading advocate for surgical standards, professionalism and surgical education in Australia and New Zealand. The College is a not-for-profit organisation that represents more than 7000 surgeons and 1300 surgical trainees and International Medical Graduates.

RANZCOG is the leading standards body responsible for the training and education of specialists and GP obstetricians in obstetrics and gynaecology across Australia and New Zealand. RANZCOG has just over 4,600 members; 2,019 active specialists (1,741 practising in Australia and 278 in New Zealand); 2,512 Diplomates; and 83 Certificate of Women’s Health holders.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) is the leading medical eye specialist organisation in Australia and New Zealand. RANZCO’s mission is to drive improvements in eye health care through continuing exceptional training, education, research and advocacy.

RANZCR is a non-profit association that delivers skills, knowledge, and insight to promote the science and practice of the medical specialties of clinical radiology (diagnostic and interventional) and radiation oncology.

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) is Australia’s largest professional general practice organisation and represents urban and rural general practitioners. We represent more than 30,000 members working in or towards a career in general practice. There are more than 125 million general practice consultations taking place annually in Australia.

Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital (RBWH)

Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital (RBWH) is the largest tertiary referral hospital in Queensland with a number of specialities including medicine, surgery, orthopaedics, psychiatry, oncology, trauma and women’s and newborn services. RBWH fulfils a significant teaching and research role with links to Queensland’s major tertiary institutions. As the largest hospital in the Metro North Hospital and Health Service, it is located at Herston and provides state-of-the-art health care services for more than one tenth of all patient services across the state.

Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital has challenged all parts of the organisation to think differently about the way healthcare is delivered. A centralised project team will guide the successful implementation and sustainability of new initiatives and interventions.

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RCPA is the leading organisation representing pathologists and senior laboratory scientists in Australasia. Its mission is to train and support pathologists and to improve the use of pathology testing to achieve better healthcare.

The Royal Perth Bentley Group consists of two hospitals, Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) and Bentley Health Service (BHS). RPH is a premier tertiary teaching hospital in the state of Western Australia, well-renowned for its innovation and excellence in international medical research. BHS is a specialist rehabilitation service and is the largest Mental Health provider in the State.

The Choosing Wisely initiative at RPBG is overseen and supported by the RPBG executive and senior clinical leaders. The initiative is looking at a variety of streams including pathology and imaging. In collaboration with clinicians, best practice standardised clinical care pathways are being developed for common conditions to reduce variation and improve the quality of care and clinical outcomes for our patients.

The Sir Charles Gairdner Osborne Park Health Care Group (SCGOPHCG) services the north metropolitan suburbs of Perth through two public hospitals, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Osborne Park Hospital. At SCGOPHCG our vision is to provide exceptional care from dedicated people and we are committed to implementing evidence-based medicine with clinical practice to achieve safe, high quality, cost effective patient care. Both hospitals are fully accredited by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards.

Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital 
The Choosing Wisely Australia – Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) De-prescribing Project is promoting the understanding amongst Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital clinicians of the need for a clinical indication for long term PPI use.

An education program and de-prescribing flowchart is assisting hospital clinicians to identify patients who, based on clinical indications, may benefit from a review of their PPI prescription. Instructions on the patient’s discharge summary inform their GP of the treatment plan, which includes advice on when to review or discontinue PPI treatment.

The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) is the national professional organisation for more than 3,000 pharmacists, pharmacists in training, pharmacy technicians and associates working across Australia’s health system.

Last reviewed 13 October 2016

Choosing Wisely Australia members and supporters