Setting Smart Goals

The SMART acronym can help us to write realistic goals [1]:

– indicates a clear action on a determinant, population group and setting.

Example: “to stop teens from smoking” is too general.

Instead try: “At least 90 per cent of schools in the community will institute campus wide no-smoking policies by 2015”.

– includes feature that will help you tell whether it has succeeded.

Example: “To ensure hospital staff eat more fruit” cannot be clearly measured

Instead try: “To increase fruit and vegetable consumption among workers in the Hospital (the target audience) by 50 per cent by June 2013”

– can be realistically achieved on time and within available resources.

Example: “To stop youth from drinking alcohol” is not realistically achievable.

Instead try: “To reduce alcohol consumption by youth ages 14-16 in Queensland by 5 percent by 31 December 2013”.

– to the health issue, the population group and your organisation.

Example: “To improve physical activity levels among people with low literacy by teaching adults to read better” does not directly address the health issue.

Instead try: “Developing pictorial instructions that can be understood at low reading levels to improve physical activity among people with low literacy by 10 per cent in the next six months”[1]

– it has a timeframe for action.

Example: “To reduce the proportion of adults in Australia who smoke to 12 per
cent” does not have a timeframe.

Instead try: “To reduce the proportion of adults in Australia who smoke to 12 per cent by June 2015.

This website is no longer active but is available to browse as a resource.

Women’s Cancer Screening Collaborative (WCSC) 2017-2018

Through the delivery of structured, clinician-led general practice quality improvement and health literacy interventions, general practices worked towards increasing access to and equity of women’s cancer screening programs across the North Coast.

From January 2017 to July 2018, general practices improved clinical systems and data auditing processes to better identify and remind never or under-screened at-risk populations of women. Focus groups were also held with at-risk women to understand the environmental and individual barriers and motivators to screening. 

This WCSC website acted as an information repository for all WCSC developed content providing access to and sharing of quality improvement tools, change strategy resources and ideas.

WCSC evaluation and resources can be found on the North Coast Primary Health Network. 

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