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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 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

These resources and information can help you implement a Choosing Wisely campaign in your organisation or service

Choosing Wisely New Zealand resources

Choosing Wisely video for clinicians
The video includes stories from health care consumers Falyn Cranston and Kaushiki Roy, along with advice from Dr John Bonning, president of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, chair of the Council of Medical Colleges and an emergency physician at Waikato Hospital. Watch the video here.

Choosing Wisely means Choosing Equity report
The research was to develop an in-depth understanding of Māori health consumers and health providers/practitioners’ perspectives on shared decision-making, and make recommendations for a more equity focused Choosing Wisely campaign. Download the report.

Choosing Wisely in Aotearoa
The achievements and the challenges of Choosing Wisely in Aotearoa. Download this resource. 

Starter Kit for your Choosing Wisely campaign
An introduction to the Choosing Wisely concepts. Download this resource.

Developing Choosing Wisely recommendations
This is a resource to assist Colleges, societies and other organisations to develop a list of recommendations for the Choosing Wisely campaign. Download this resource

Implementing Choosing Wisely principles in a service
This guide is aimed at service delivery organisations, wanting to implement a Choosing Wisely programme, including Departments in DHBs and services in primary care. Download this resource.

Measuring the impact of Choosing Wisely
This resource provides basic information and tools to help you develop and measure your Choosing Wisely interventions. Download this resource. 

How to write up your Choosing Wisely project
This resource shares how to record your successful implementation of a Choosing Wisely recommendation. Download this resource. 

Promoting shared decision making
For information and resources on shared decision making. Download this resource.

Communicating risk
A guide for health professionals about information on risk and how to explain risk to consumers. Download this resource. Download this resource. 

Behaviour change toolkit
Options for the range of tools available to implement Choosing Wisely initiatives to change health professional behaviour. Download this resource.

The High-Value Care Culture Survey 
This survey captures specific areas for targeted value-improvement interventions and provides a pathway for health system managers to address the underlying culture within hospital divisions, practices, and training programmes. Download this resource.

A synopsis of Choosing Wisely literature
This is a list of Choosing Wisely references arranged by year and alphabetically by author. Download this resource.

A combined list of all Choosing Wisely recommendations
This resource is a list of all New Zealand Choosing Wisely recommendations on tests, treatments, and procedure health professionals should question, in one list for easy reference. Download this resource. 

Published: 8 Dec 2021 Modified: 19 Jan 2023