Agree on a sustainable course of action

Learn more about setting SMART action plans with your patients below

By engaging in person-centred conversations and shared decision making with your patients, you can agree on realistic and sustainable action plans, tailored to their circumstances in a way that supports improved health and weight management.

Some patients may wish to choose weight loss as one of their goals, however it is important to remember that weight is not a behaviour. Focusing too much on weight can perpetuate weight stigma, which is known to elicit shame and deter people from taking health related action.

The goals of weight management should include improved health and wellbeing, rather than just weight loss. Shifting the focus to health outcomes and sustainable behaviour changes can take the pressure off the number on the scale and lead to long-term benefits.

After agreeing on a sustainable course of action, you can support your patients to develop SMART action plans with goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timed.

To find out more about SMART action planning, complete the online education module below.

  • SMART action planning education module
    Learn how to support patients to create person-centered SMART action plans by taking this one-hour education module from the Conversations About Weight, online weight management training.
  • Set SMART-ER goals with your patients
    Use this template to work towards SMART-ER goals with your patients. Complete the Action Plan to agree on how your patient will achieve their goal, and set up a Coping Plan to assist in overcoming any potential challenges that may arise while your patient works towards their goal.
  • Weight Management and Nutrition in Adults – HealthPathways
    For clear and concise guidance on managing a patient for weight management, go to the Weight Management and Nutrition in Adults pathway on the HealthPathways website.
  • Chronic Disease Management Items – HealthPathways
    For Chronic Disease Management, GPs can prepare a GP Management Plan (GPMP); and Team Care Arrangements (TCAs) to support patients living with obesity (BMI >30). These items are designed for patients who require a structured approach and enable the planning and coordination of care for patients requiring ongoing support from a multidisciplinary care team.


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