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29 Apr 2015

The AMA welcomes the Choosing Wisely initiative, which was launched today by NPS MedicineWise with the support of major medical societies and colleges.

AMA President, A/Prof Brian Owler, said today that all doctors are responsible for using their special knowledge and skills to minimise waste of resources, while ensuring that patient care remains their primary duty.

“The involvement of the medical colleges in the Choosing Wisely initiative will ensure clinical stewardship and leadership in health care resources,” A/Prof Owler said.

“The AMA is pleased that the criteria for the lists of tests, treatments, and procedures are reasonable and transparent.

“This will help build broader public confidence in the initiative, and in the health care system.

“Doctors can work together with their patients to decide on the most appropriate and effective tests, treatments, and procedures for the individual patient and their circumstances.

“This is a great start to ensure the best use of health care resources.

“The AMA looks forward to further work with the NPS on this program,” A/Prof Owler said.


29 April 2015

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Published: 29 Apr 2015