Capital and Coast Region

About Us

The Capital & Coast AYA Cancer Service provides services to the lower North Island including Wellington, Kapiti Coast, the Hutt Valley and Wairarapa districts.

The AYA cancer keyworker is based out of Wellington Regional Hospital and works with all young people diagnosed and treated there.

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

David Hamilton

AYA Clinical Lead

Jayde and Tracey

Jayde Kawana

AYA Keyworker
027 217 6256

More about the service Mid-Central

Our former AYA Keyworker, Liz Sommer from CCDHB and AYA Cancer survivor, Petra Kotrotsos hold a copy of ‘STUFF’ – a booklet developed with the help of local AYAs specifically to provide guidance and reassurance for AYA patients recently diagnosed with cancer.


The booklet has 5 main sections:
  1. The heart, head and social stuff – worries, big emotions, what to tell people and a whole lot more
  2. stuff that might help – ways to cope, reducing stress, how to feel a little more in control
  3. treatment stuff – what’s involved, what to expect, the treatment team
  4. useful stuff – relevant websites and organisations that can offer support
  5. personal stuff – “journal” space for thoughts, notes, art and reflection
Quotes from AYA patients who have had or are currently undergoing cancer treatment appear throughout the booklet along with some other inspiring and motivational quotes.

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.