Body Image

"Losing my hair during treatment was pretty hard. It was part of me and I just felt ugly. I look in the mirror now and all I see if someone going through hard times"
AYA patient

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Look Good Feel Better New Zealand in Partnership with Canteen

Facilitate classes for young people that focus on the problems associated with the visible side effects of cancer treatment including, eyebrows, eyelashes and other skin related issues.

For more information contact either Look Good Feel Better at or Canteen at

Head High

Ministry-approved provider of headwear that stock youth-friendly girls and guys hats, caps and beanies.
This means a young person can use their hair loss entitlement to purchase hats without the direct exchange of money.
This makes the process easy and simple for the young person

There are a number of suppliers of wigs – the local AYA Key Worker will be knowledgeable of who to contact.

For young people who have undergone or are needing amputation or other significant surgery support groups such as Canteen and Cancer Society can facilitate peer support from others who have gone through a similar experience.

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.