Committed Leadership


To ensure addressing smoking becomes a top priority within the organisation.  

Why this step is important

To change the way your organisation addresses smoking, you need everyone on board- from executive to individual carers. 

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    3+ months

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    Who to involve:

    • Executives
    • Managers
    • Supervisors
    • Staff
    • Carers

Steps to implement

  • Step 1 - Meet with senior staff

    The support of senior staff (such as the CEO, executives and senior managers) is critical to your project’s success. You need agreement and commitment from all levels in order to change the systems and processes required to properly address smoking.

    If you are working with Cancer Council NSW, we are with you at every step. A representative will come to the meeting to discuss the project and help get your leadership team on-board.

  • Step 2 - Appoint a project leader

    A project leader is necessary to drive and coordinate your Tackling Tobacco project. Your project leader could be a support worker, a team leader or a senior staff member.

    Your project leader should be:

    • Passionate about the need to address smoking
    • Organised, thorough and a good communicator
    • Well known to staff and able to build good rapport
    • Able to empathise and understand, as well as lead and support
    • Resilient and a determined problem solver
    • Committed to harm-reduction.

    Project leader tasks:

    • Coordinate and lead the project
    • Organise regular project steering group meetings
    • Be the primary contact between the proect steering group and other staff
    • Organise and participate in training for staff to provide smoking care
    • Facilitate policy and practice changes within the organisation.

    The Project Leader Checklist can be used to guide the project leader throughout the course of the Tackling Tobacco project.

    Supporting tools for this step

    • Project leader checklist 103KB
  • Step 3 - Establish a project steering group

    The project steering group supports the project leader by discussing, planning and helping to drive changes. Members of this group are the voices of the difference people within your organisation. 

    To be truly effective, the group should consist of up to eight members from a wide range of roles and levels, from managers and staff to clients and carers. 

    See Committee Member Flyer template to assist.

    Supporting tools for this step

    • Project steering group member flyer template 1MB
  • Step 4 - Conduct an audit and plan the project

    You need to know where you are before you can move forward. That’s where an audit come in. 

    An audit is a set of questions to explore how your organisation currently addresses smoking. Your project leader should conduct the audit to identify opportunities for policy, systems and practice changes, and then create a project plan with clear actions, milestones and timelines. 

    If you are working with Cancer Council NSW, we will help you develop your project plan and agree on responsibilities between the two organisations. The project plan will form the basis of a Project Agreement between your organisation and Cancer Council. 

    Supporting tools for this step

    • Pre project audit 944KB
    • Project plan template 32KB
  • Step 5 - Communicate and build a case for change

    Clear communication should start at the beginning and continue long after the project has finished. Good communication helps maintain and sustain changes, as well as justify them. 

    If you communicate throughout and discuss the importance, the costs and the benefits of the project you will be ready to present a solid and well argued case for every change along the way. 

    Use the Communication Action Plan template to help communicate any changes made to address smoking in your organisation.

    Supporting tools for this step

    • Communication action plan 580KB

Contact the Tackling Tobacco Team

We’re here to help with any questions you have to get started or along the way.