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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.

View all three modules here, or read more details below. 

Module one: Understanding and addressing implicit bias

Having a bias means having preconceived ideas or attitudes about something or someone.

We might have bias toward people or groups of people due to their ethnicity, age, gender, appearance, sexual orientation, disability, socioeconomic status, religious beliefs, or for many other reasons. Bias can be both conscious/explicit or unconscious/implicit.

Becoming conscious of the biases that we hold and their potential impact on those we work with is a first step toward change.

This first module looks at what implicit bias is, and how to identify and address it.

This module features:

  • Introduction and purpose of module one (Anton Blank, bias expert)
  • Clinician story of implicit bias (Kyle Eggleton, Northland GP)
  • Clinician story of bias (Inia Tomas, emergency department consultant)
  • What is implicit bias? (Carla Houkamau, associate professor, University of Auckland)
  • Identifying and addressing implicit bias, individuals (Anton Blank).

See here for more information about the content of module one, further learning and resources (182KB, pdf)

Module two: Te Tiriti o Waitangi, colonisation and racism

This module focuses on ethnic bias, particularly bias against Māori. Racial bias is important to address, as it can support and underpin racism, both personal and structural. This module provides a short overview of these issues. It touches on the role of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, as well as colonisation and racism and the ongoing impact these have on Māori health.

This module features:

  • introduction and purpose of module two (Anton Blank)
  • A window on the quality of Aotearoa New Zealand’s health care 2019 (Anton Blank)
  • Māori consumer story (Tonia and Anthony Stevens)
  • access to health services, cultural safety in health care (David Tipene-Leach, GP, professor Māori and indigenous research)
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi, colonisation and racism (Matire Harwood, GP and associate professor general practice)
  • Māori health outcomes (Inia Tomas, emergency department consultant)
  • identifying and addressing implicit bias, organisations (Anton Blank).

See here for more information about the content of module two, further learning and resources (216KB, pdf) 

Module three: Experiences of bias

This module looks at consumers and clinicians’ real-life experiences of bias, both implicit and explicit.

This module features:

  • introduction and purpose of module three (Anton Blank)
  • clinician story of implicit bias (John Bonning, emergency physician)
  • Pacific consumer story (Bernadette Pereira)
  • implicit bias and Pacific peoples’ health (Doana Fatuleai, Fanau Ola service manager and nurse lead)
  • addressing implicit bias, recap (Anton Blank).
Last updated: 6th December, 2021