Auckland & Northern Region

About Us

The Auckland/Northland AYA Cancer Service provides services to the upper North Island including the greater Auckland area and the Northland district.

The AYA cancer keyworker is based out of Auckland hospital and works with all young people diagnosed and treated at Auckland, Middlemore and North Shore hospitals. The AYA cancer keyworker liaises with health professionals with expertise in AYA cancer care located in Whangarei hospital. How to make a referral to the AYA Cancer Service

How to make a referral to the AYA Cancer Service

Referrals should be made to the AYA Cancer Service when there is a high suspicion of cancer. Early involvement of this specialist service helps young people and their whānau to navigate services and ensures that important AYA-specific issues are addressed early, including fertility preservation and clinical trial enrolment.

We welcome referrals from young people and their whānau, general practitioners (GP), NGO providers and cancer services staff such as nurses, social workers, specialists and psychologists. Make your referral by contacting either the keyworker or clinical lead.

Meet the AYA Keyworker and Clinical Lead


Tracey Vincent

AYA Cancer Keyworker

021 784 485


Simone McMillan

AYA Cancer Keyworker

021 945 452


Mark Winstanley

AYA Cancer Clinical Lead – Paediatrics

09 367 0000


George Laking

AYA Cancer Clinical Lead – Medical Oncology

09 367 0000


Claire Hemmaway

AYA Cancer Clinical Lead – Haematology

09 367 0000


Sarah Hunter

Starship Blood and Cancer Centre Research Manager


Meet the rest of the Auckland & Northern team

Starship Auckland/Northland Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Team

Standing left to right: Karyn Bycroft (Nurse Practitioner for Palliative Care), Paula Baker (Hospital Play Specialist), Jan Melbourne (Northern Health School Principal), Carolyn Dougal (Hospital Play Specialist), David Bettany (Psychiatrist), Mark Winstanley (Paediatric Oncologist)Seated left to right: Tracey Vincent (AYA Keyworker), Terena Ru-Tuani (Starship Clinic Co-ordinator), Karen Barnett (Social Worker).

Auckland Haematology Team

Left to Right: Anton Rajakariar (Health Care Assistant), Rosie Howard (Transplant Nurse Specialist), Julia Davidson (Daystay Co-Co-ordinator), Tracey Vincent (crouching) (AYA Keyworker), Simone Macmillan (Daystay Staff Nurse/AYA Rep), Sharon Blair (Middlemore Hospital Charge Nurse), Donna Morman (Middlemore Hospital Staff Nurse), Sue Hemi (Clinic Administrator), Unknown, Maryanne Offner (Daystay Staff Nurse), Lynn-Marie Ellis (seated) (Daystay Staff Nurse).

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Adolescent/Young Adult (AYA) Cancer services are specialised treatment and support services for young people with cancer aged 12-24 years.

Health and other professionals working within these services have considerable experience in treating and caring for young people.