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Kia āta kōwhiri Choosing Wisely

The Choosing Wisely campaign seeks to reduce harm from unnecessary and low-value tests and treatment.

This section of our website is organised to support providers wanting to start quality improvement projects of their own in primary care.

We have grouped the 18 Whakakotahi projects into five topics. Each topic has its own page, which lists the relevant projects and includes links to all related content published on our website. This might be a case study, news article, an infographic or a presentation, or another type of content or tool.

The intention is that providers who want to start quality improvement in one of these areas can look at past examples from Whakakotahi and gain some tips and tools to support them in their work.

The five topics we have used to group the projects are listed below; you can also access them via the left-hand menu.

Other information

  • More about Whakakotahi can be found here. You can also use the left-hand menu in that section to browse content by year.
  • The evaluation reports are here.
  • You can watch a short video of consumer Elaine Brazendale here (Elaine was a consumer on the primary care expert advisory group and Whakakotahi selection panel, and was involved from the outset of the programme’s development).


Contact the primary care team with questions or comments at:


Improving access to health care and medicine  Gonville Health, Whanganui (improving the new patient process, access equity focus)
Te Whānau a Apanui Community Health Centre (Te Kaha, Bay of Plenty DHB) (rural medicines management)
Turanga Health, Gisborne (accessing wraparound services for rural communities, equity, whānau focus)
Victory Square (physical health of opioid substitution patients)
Nelson Marlborough DHB and three practices – post-stent management (quality issue, integration focus)
Asthma Unichem Russell Street Hastings (achieving asthma control test targets with Māori youth, equity focus)
Mt Eden Pharmacy and Mt Eden Correctional Facility (improving asthma management, optimising self-management)
Diabetes Hutt Union & Community Health Service/Te Awakairangi Health Network (high-need population, consumer focus)
West Coast PHO, Poutini Waiora and West Coast DHB (equity and integration focus)
Linwood Medical Centre (integration focus)
Taumaranui Community Kokiri Trust (improving health outcomes for patients)
Tongan Health Society, Auckland (Pacific living with diabetes service)
The Doctors Otara (a consumer-centred approach to improving diabetic control for patients)
Gout National Health Coalition/Papakura Marae Health Clinic (high-need population, consumer focus)
Westbury Pharmacy and Hora Te Pai (integrated community pharmacist working as an in-practice clinical pharmacist)
Skin conditions The Fono (skin infections in the Tuvaluan community, equity and consumer/community focus)
South City Health (improving outcomes and addressing inequity for high-need eczema patients, aged under 18)
Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga (collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to responding to high-needs patients within a kaupapa Māori context)
Published: 27 Oct 2021 Modified: 17 Dec 2021