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Facts, resources and information about alcohol and drugs from the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, Australia’s leading organisation committed to preventing alcohol and other drug harms in our communities.
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Choosing Wisely Australia is an organisation formed through a coalition of Australian medical colleges and societies which aims to improve healthcare by encouraging consumers and clinicians to consider whether certain tests, treatments or procedures are worthwhile where evidence shows they provide no benefit or even cause harm.
1. Do I really need this test or procedure?
Tests may help you and your doctor or other healthcare provider determine the problem. Procedures may help to treat it.
Will there be side effects? What are the chances of getting results that aren’t accurate? Could that lead to more testing or another procedure?
Sometimes all you need to do is make lifestyle changes, such as eating healthier foods or exercising more.
Ask if your condition might get worse — or better — if you don’t have the test or procedure right away.
Costs can be financial, emotional or a cost of your time. Where there is a cost to the community, is the cost reasonable or is there a cheaper alternative?