Department of Health

Key messages

  • Incorporate the priority areas identified in Element 4 into strategic goals.
  • Consult stakeholders and use SMART goals.

The data analysis process (Element 4) will have helped you identify priority areas for growing the AHA workforce.

These priority areas will guide the development of strategic goals.

Using SMART goals will ensure the AHA workforce strategic plan outlines exactly what is expected and the measures that will be used to evaluate success [1].

SMART goals are explained in further detail in the SMART goal framework resource available in the download section.


  • Review overall project aims and motivation for implementing the VAWM to assist in developing the strategic goals.
  • Using the organisational priorities can help to ensure the strategic goals will meet broader organisational aims.
  • You may need to develop strategic goals that are focused on both the development of governance structures and expanding the use of the AHA workforce.
  • Strategic goals may include increased use of current AHAs as well as the development of new AHA roles. For example, the existing AHA workforce could broaden their duties to take on additional tasks, such as sterilisation of equipment.
  • Strategic goals may involve transferring tasks currently performed by AHAs to other staff. For example using administrative or support staff could increase the availability of AHAs for clinical care.
  • Strategic goals may involve development of interdisciplinary or single-discipline AHA roles depending on the organisation’s service need.
  • Strategic goals may include sharing an AHA role or an AHA student placement across multiple sites, services, programs or disciplines within the organisation. This may provide a viable solution where individually this may not be feasible.

Download the strategic planning guide for more information.

Activity outputs

  • AHA workforce strategic plan and priorities reviewed.
  • Priority areas identified (Element 4) and incorporated into strategic goals.
  • Stakeholders consulted.
  • Strategic goals link to data analysis and organisational priorities.
  • Strategic goals structured using SMART principles.


1. Stanford University of Medicine 2012, ‘SMART goals template’, viewed 14 August 2014

Reviewed 05 October 2015


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