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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.

It is essential that data and intelligence are integrated with our quality improvement activities. To support this, the Commission established an integrated advisory group to support our programme activities in primary and community settings.

The integrated advisory group replaces the variations and primary care expert advisory groups. It provides guidance, considers intelligence (including the Atlas of Healthcare Variation), improvement, innovation and integration recognising national and local priorities. It provides sector-wide leadership, strategic insight and expert advice to the Commission to inform our primary and community care work and variation projects.

Dr Nick Chamberlain, chief executive, Northland District Health Board (DHB) chairs the group.

Download the terms of reference (179KB, pdf)


  • Dr Nick Chamberlain (chair), Northland DHB
  • Wi Keelan, Kaumatua advisor, Health Quality & Safety Commission, mental health and addiction programme
  • Prof Les Toop, Department of general practice, University of Otago
  • Brendan Duck,  Totara Health
  • Dr Peter Jones,  Ministry of Health
  • Assoc Prof Susan Wells,  University of Auckland | Procare Health Limited
  • Dr Rawiri Jansen,  National Hauora Coalition
  • Marlene Whaanga–Dean, Consumer representative
  • Chiquita Hansen,  THINK Hauora
  • Pauline Fuimaono Sanders,   Alliance Health Plus Trust
  • Dr Jean Mitaera,  Whitirea and WELTEC
  • Kristina Sofele,  Vaka Tautua
  • Dr Bryan Betty,  Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners
  • Dr Justine Mesui,  Procare Health Limited

Working groups

We may convene smaller working groups as required for specific projects. These groups will have a strong equity focus as well as consumer co-design input from the outset. For example, these may include specialist/expert input on a particular topic as part of the Atlas of Healthcare Variation programme and/or topics of focus for quality improvement initiatives.

Published: 21 Oct 2021 Modified: 13 Dec 2021