Choosing Wisely – Improving value of care following Covid19


In the era of Covid-19, the imperative to manage our finite healthcare resources has become greater than ever. RCH became a Choosing Wisely Champion Hospital in 2019 and is committed to providing the safest, high-quality, high-value care for our patients.  Through Choosing Wisely, the RCH is part of a worldwide campaign challenging clinicians to think differently about the way we provide care, and to challenge the status quo when what we might normally do is no longer adding value to patient outcomes. This movement in health also empowers consumers to be a part of the care team and to engage in conversations regarding which tests, treatments and procedures are necessary.

This Grand Round features 3 speakers who will share local learnings and achievements and discuss the role of the consumer in the health care partnership



Professor Harriet Hiscock is a consultant paediatrician and National Health and Medical Research Council Practitioner Fellow. She is Associate Director, Research at the Centre for Community Child Health, Director of the Royal Children’s Hospital Health Services Research Unit and Group Leader, Health Services, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Her research focuses on developing, testing and implementing novel approaches to: (i) keep children out of hospital; (ii) reduce low value (wasteful) care; and (iii) integrate health, social and education services to improve health and wellbeing for children, including those living with family adversity. She has published over 180 peer reviewed papers and been awarded continuous NHMRC funding since 2002.

Dr Robyn Lindner is the Client Relations Manager for NPS Medicine Wise – a not for profit organisation that facilitates Choosing Wisely in Australia. She is the program sponsor for Choosing Wisely Australia and the architect behind its adoption and establishment in Australia. She has worked in biotechnology and health education for over 20 years. Robyn has been instrumental in designing and developing the initiative, and working with participating medical colleges and societies who have joined the Choosing Wisely movement by publishing lists of tests, treatments and procedures that should be questioned.

Dr Joanna Lawrence is a paediatrician at RCH.  She works clinically for Hospital in the Home team and the Complex Asthma service, both focused on keeping patients out of hospital.  Alongside her clinical work, she works for the Electronic Medical Record team as an educator and medical advisor, and as the Choosing Wisely medical lead. She is passionate about sustainable and quality health care.

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