AYA Consumer Advisory Group Passion Projects

Haere mai, welcome to the hub of our AYA Consumer Advisory Group. In this space you will find a variety of different supports and creations by our consumers, for you. Whether you are a fellow young person going through cancer, a whānau member or loved one who knows someone with cancer, or a health provider. Our consumers have created something for you.

For the young person with cancer

Our consumers have provided you with recommendations, tips, tricks and other things that you might find comforting, supportive and useful throughout your journey.

For the caregiver, whānau, friend

Our consumers have worked closely with their own whānau to pass on their advice and recommendations from experience to other whānau navigating a similar journey. This is for you.

For the health provider

Want to get into the minds of young people and have more understanding on how they would like you to work with them? Check out this guide made by them.


Guide for reintegration back into school - For education providers

For you, the young person with cancer


Our consumers have shared a list of different social media and online platform things that they found comforting or useful during their cancer journeys. These are both cancer and non-cancer related.


Amanda Rach Lee – Creative Account

Link to YouTube video

How to tie a headscarf

Link to YouTube video

For you, the whānau member or friend

For you, the health provider

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.