Welcome to the AYA Cancer Network Aotearoa
Every year 180 - 200 AYAs aged 12 to 24 years in New Zealand are told they have cancer. It is widely recognised that this group of young people have distinct and unmet needs. They tend to sit on the periphery of cancer care, and they often fall into a "no man's land" between paediatric and adult cancer services. They are understudied and underserved.
The network was established in 2014 with the purpose of connecting hands-on healthcare and support providers from many disciplines and organisations, to find new and innovative ways of delivering care to AYAs with cancer. The goal to ensure all young people diagnosed with cancer in New Zealand have equitable access to high-quality medical and supportive care regardless of where they live.
This website is designed to provide access to resources and links to support health professionals in providing high quality medical and supportive care to young people.