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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.

The focus of our activity was on medicines at transitions of care from hospital to the community, which ties in with the World Health Organization’s theme for World Patient Safety Day this year: medication without harm. 

We had three simple key messages, which we called ‘the three Ps’: 

  • Provide a complete list of medicines, including indications for the medicines and any changes made. 
  • Patient and whānau understand their medicines and any changes. 
  • Practicalities of accessing the medicines considered before discharge. 


We provided two consumer resources and a digital communications pack to health care providers to promote the day.  

  • Pens with a pull-out flag containing information about the three Ps. 
  • Two consumer resourcesLet’s plan for your next health care visit and Let’s plan to leave hospital – available in a range of languages including English, te reo Māori, Hindi, Simplified Chinese, Samoan, Tongan and seven other Pacific community languages. 
  • Communications kit (electronic) – a kit that includes Aotearoa Patient Safety Day screensavers, suggested social media posts and images, and newsletter content for organisations to use if they wish. Access the kit (Dropbox access required).

Example of how a district hospital implemented PSD 2022

Example of how a district hospital implemented PSD 2022

Examples of relevant initiatives 

We received three examples of quality improvement initiatives with a focus on reducing medication harm in transitions of care from hospital to the community. We acknowledge the work of the team in the examples and their willingness to share this mahi. These examples may be interesting or relevant for your own area of work.

Examples of relevant quality improvement initiatives 

Resources developed by health care providers

We received the following example of a resource developed for Aotearoa Patient Safety Day by Te Whatu Ora Hauora a Toi Bay of Plenty.

Resources developed by health care providers

Questions or feedback

Thank you for supporting Aotearoa Patient Safety Day 2022 and promoting this important topic. 


A document outlining our rationale for using the ‘three Ps’ for medicines at transitions of care, is available to download below. 

Published: 2 Sep 2022 Modified: 31 May 2023