The Council of Medical Colleges (CMC) previously facilitated the Choosing Wisely campaign in New Zealand, as part of its commitment to improving the quality of care for all consumers.

This information is not being actively updated. For information on the history of the campaign please contact enquiries@cmc.org.nz


Tests, treatments and procedures health professionals should question

This section provides recommendations about tests, treatments, and procedures developed by Australasian and New Zealand Colleges and specialist societies that healthcare professionals and patients and consumers should question. Each recommendation is based on the best available evidence. Some also give resources to assist health professionals.

They are not prescriptive but are intended as guidance to start a conversation about what is appropriate and necessary. As each situation is unique, healthcare professionals and patients should use the recommendations to collaboratively formulate their own appropriate healthcare plan together. In the patient section of the website there are resources that may be helpful for your patients.

Recommendations and resources

  • Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine

    The Chapter of Addiction Medicine (AChAM) is a Chapter of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) Adult Internal Medicine Division that connects and represents Addiction Medicine Fellows and trainees in Australia and New Zealand. AChAM advances the study of Addiction Medicine in Australia and New Zealand through training, research and collaboration with health professionals and organisations. The AChAM provides training and continuing professional development to ensure excellence in skills, expertise, and ethical standards. AChAM advocate on behalf of our members and act as an authoritative body for consultation in Addiction Medicine to ensure quality care for individuals with addiction disorders.

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  • Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine

    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.

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  • Australasian College for Emergency Medicine

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

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  • Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

    The Australasian Faculty of Occupational & Environmental Medicine (AFOEM) is a Faculty of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) that connects and represents Occupational & Environmental Medicine Fellows and trainees in Australia and New Zealand.

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  • Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine

    The Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM) is a Faculty of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). AFRM provides training and continuing education for Rehabilitation Medicine Fellows and trainees throughout all stages of their career. AFRM trainees and Fellows are committed to providing high quality rehabilitation care to individuals and communities in Australia and New Zealand.

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  • Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases

    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.

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  • Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy

    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).

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  • Australia and New Zealand Child Neurology Society

    The Australia and New Zealand Child Neurology Society (ANZCNS) is a collaborative group of medical professionals working in the field of paediatric neurology or in allied neurosciences who are working to advance the science of paediatric neurology and advocate for improved care for young people with neurological disorders.

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  • Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists

    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.

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  • Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists

    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. ANZCA also plays a significant role in the advancement of anaesthesia in South East Asia and South Pacific island countries.

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  • Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society

    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.

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  • Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine

    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.

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  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine & the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine

    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.

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  • College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand

    The College of Intensive Care Medicine is the body responsible for intensive care medicine specialist training and education in Australia and New Zealand.

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  • Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand

    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.

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  • Human Genetics Society of Australasia

    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.

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  • Internal Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand

    IMSANZ represents over 700 Consultant Physicians and trainees in Internal Medicine (also known as General Medicine or General and Acute Care Medicine) within Australia and New Zealand. The Society provides a mechanism for developing the academic and professional profile of general medicine and seeks to advocate for and sponsor the educational training, research and workforce requirements of general internal medicine.

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  • New Zealand and Australian Societies of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery

    Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (ASOHNS) is the representative organisation for Ear Nose and Throat Head and Neck Surgeons in Australia, and dates from 1950. ASOHNS, with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, provides a nationwide Training Program for future Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgeons.

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  • New Zealand College of Midwives

    The New Zealand College of Midwives provides and promotes quality standards for New Zealand midwives. Their role is a midwifery voice for midwives and women.

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  • New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine

    The NZCPHM is responsible for the provision of public health training for doctors who have completed their medical degree and for the professional development of its Fellows. It supports its membership through ongoing engagement with associated health and social service organisations and public health professionals within New Zealand and internationally.

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  • New Zealand Dermatological Society

    The New Zealand Dermatological Society is a not-for-profit incorporated society of more than 60 dermatologists, medical and surgical specialists in diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the skin. The NZDS is responsible for providing lifelong continuing professional development, medical education, and advocacy on behalf of its members, to improve the health of New Zealanders. 

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  • New Zealand Medical Students’ Association

    To help promote Choosing Wisely and help students remember these key concepts, we have come up with the acronym “WISE”.
    Why? What will this test, treatment or procedure change?
    Is there an alternative? Less invasive, less resource intensive?
    Seek clarification. Clarify why the doctor ordered this test
    Explore/explain. Be the patient’s advocate. Explore concerns, take time to explain why a test, treatment or procedure is/isn’t necessary

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  • New Zealand Rheumatology Association (NZRA)

    The NZRA is the organisation that represents the rheumatologists of New Zealand. Their main function is to promote and maintain the standards of rheumatology practised in New Zealand. This is done by: • Working with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians to oversee the training of rheumatologists. • Providing continuing medical education to rheumatologists in the form of the NZRA Annual Scientific Meeting. • Lobbying to improve the access of rheumatology patients to rheumatology services and treatments.

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  • Paediatrics & Child Health

    The Paediatrics & Child Health Division represents 5,000 Fellows and trainees of The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). We aim to improve the health and wellbeing of neonates, infants, children and young people through education and training, research, and policy and advocacy.

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  • Pharmacy

    A group of pharmacists from across the profession worked to identify Choosing Wisely pharmacy recommendations. These have been widely consulted on.

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  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

    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.

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  • Society of Obstetric Medicine of Australia and New Zealand

    The Society of Obstetric Medicine of Australia and New Zealand (SOMANZ) aims to advance clinical and scientific knowledge of hypertensive diseases and medical disorders in pregnancy. SOMANZ also fosters collaboration with other regional and international societies interested in hypertension in pregnancy and obstetric medicine. It is a specialty society affiliated with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

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  • The New Zealand Microbiology Network

    The New Zealand Microbiology Network consists of over 30 representatives from diagnostic and public health laboratories in New Zealand. The majority of the members are clinical microbiologists.

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  • The Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group

    The Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group (APEG) is the premier professional body representing paediatric endocrinology in Australasia. APEG is committed to high standards of clinical care, advocacy, education, stakeholder relationships, and research in paediatric endocrinology. It is a specialty society affiliated with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

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  • The Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists

    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).

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  • The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists – Faculty of Clinical Radiology

    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.

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  • The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists – Faculty of Radiation Oncology

    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.

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  • The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists - Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku

  • The Royal College of Pathologists of Australia

    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.

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  • The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (Paediatric)

    The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) is the only health peak body representing a range of professions (medical specialists, scientists, researchers, academics, nurses, physiotherapists, students and others) across various disciplines within the respiratory/sleep medicine field in Australia and New Zealand. The Paediatric Special Interest Group (SIG) of the society takes a special interest in respiratory medicine as applied to paediatric patients.

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Last updated 12/08/2021