Work Programme

Working Groups

This group focuses on promoting national consistency in AYA cancer care across NZ while also promoting opportunities for national collaboration in the development of evidence based resources and initiatives.

Group Convener: Ellyn Proffit

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Click here for the Key Worker Annual Work Plan 2023-2024


Click here for the AYA Key worker TOR

The Network’s AYA Cancer National Action Plan 2020 to 2025 identified Fertility preservation as a national priority, with a commitment to re-establishing a fertility preservation working group tasked with reviewing and updating the 2014 NZ fertility preservation guileless/pathways of care.

The Network has now re-established the fertility preservation working group.

Chair of the group: Dr Sarah Hunter

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A number of passionate radiation therapists from around the country have formed this working group with the Network to improve the care given to AYAs within their service and to collaborate across centres.

For more information contact:

Download Radiation Therapist Working Group Terms of Reference

The Network’s AYA Cancer Action Plan 2020 to 2025 identified that improvement is needed in timeliness and early referral to palliative care for young people as well as the development of age appropriate resources. As a result the Network has established the Palliative Care Working Group with health professional across the oncology continuum. This group is tasked with making further recommendations and providing expert oversight in this area.  

Chair of the group: Louise Sue

For more information contact:

Download Palliative Care Working Group Terms of Reference


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.