Overdiagnosis is now a health challenge recognised across many nations. Debates about its definition continue, but in short, overdiagnosis happens when health systems routinely diagnose people in ways that do not benefit them or that even do more harm than good, argue Ray Moynihan and colleagues.

Australia is responding to the complex challenge of overdiagnosis.  Ray Moynihan, Alexandra L Barratt, Rachelle Buchbinder, Stacy M Carter, Thomas Dakin, Jan Donovan, Adam G Elshaug, Paul P Glasziou, Christopher G Maher, Kirsten J McCaffery and Ian A Scott.  Med J Aust 2018; 209 (8): 332-334

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