Canterbury Region

About Us

The Canterbury AYA Cancer Service provides services to the upper South Island including Canterbury, South Canterbury, West Coast and Nelson/Marlborough districts.

The AYA cancer keyworker is based out of Christchurch hospital and works with all young people diagnosed and treated there. The AYA cancer keyworker liaises with health professionals with expertise in AYA cancer care located in Nelson, Wairau, Timaru and Greymouth hospital. They support the care provided to any young people diagnosed and receiving treatment in these areas.

All AYA patients with cancer throughout the region are discussed at the South Island Supra Regional Multidisciplinay meeting to ensure that their unique needs are being addressed.

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

Lousie Sue

Louise Sue

AYA Keyworker
027 382 6584

Kate Gardner

Dr Kate Gardner

AYA Clinical Lead

Canterbury Region


Tristan Pettit

Paediatric AYA Oncologist


Sean Macpherson



Asleigh Guy

Haematology CNS

Shannae Kean

Shannae Kean

AYA Psychologist

Sophie Bates

Sophie Bates

AYA Psychologist


Jo Truscott

Paediatric & AYA CNS
Nurse Maude Hospice Palliative Care Services


Hazel Weeks

AYA Champion: Radiation Therapy


Genevieve Buchanan

AYA Champion: B5

South Canterbury Region


Nicola Riley

Adult Oncology CNS


Amber Discombe

Adult Oncology CNS

West Coast Region


Dorothy O'Connor

Paediatric AYA Champion


Mary Nolan

Adult Cancer CNS

Nelson Marlborough Region

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Mary-Jane Reade

Adults AYA Cancer CNS


Jo Standring

Paediatric AYA CNS


Gerry Dowse

Senior Clinical Psychologist Psychological and Social Support Services

Find Help in your Region

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.

Heidi Watson

The Clinical Leader is responsible for providing clinical leadership and national oversight of the network .

Heidi is a passionate and experienced health professional with a strong clinical, education and leadership background. Her enthusiasm for, and commitment to youth health has focused on improving the outcomes of youth with cancer and chronic health conditions. Previously, Heidi held the position of AYA Cancer Nurse Specialist for Auckland District Health Board. Alongside her AYA clinical leadership role she holds a youth health academic position at the University of Auckland.