Education, Training & Work

"I kept falling behind at school and then would catch up... but then catching up would take time away from keeping up."
AYA Patient

Printable Resources

Workwise – Several useful tools can be found on this website in transitioning back to employment.

Support Directory


If a young person cannot attend school due to their illness and treatment demands, Regional Health Schools provide teachers to support on-going engagement at school.

National Website |

Northern Hospital School for young people based in Auckland and covers the northern part of the North Island |

Central Regional Health School for young people based in Wellington and covers the lower half of the North Island |

Southern Regional Health School for young people based in Christchurch and covers the South Island |

Student Disability Services

The majority of Universities provide support for students with a wide range of health issues including cancer.
Support includes accessing special conditions for study and exams, advice and advocacy.

Work & Training

Work Bridge can assist young people with moving into employment and training.
They can also help with those who are in employment/training to stay in their current situation when they have an onset of a disability or a worsening condition.

NGO Support Services

Both CanTeen and Leukaemia and Blood Cancer Foundation provide programmes or support in transitioning young people back to work or school.


Leukaemia and Blood Cancer Foundation |


This guide provides useful information but is based on the American health & education system.

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.