AYA Cancer Network Resources

Below are resources our Network have developed. These were co-created with support providers, health professionals and our members from the AYA Cancer Network Consumer Advisory Group.

We are excited to announce our latest resource ‘He Rā Ki Tua – Life After Cancer’.

This collaborative resource covers everything AYA age 16+ need to know about transitioning from treatment – back to life. For the under 16 version, we have split this up in to individual chapters for young people to read specific topics that resonate with what they’re experiencing and where they’re at in their development. Please find these individual chapters below.
It has 110 pages of helpful tips and resources including information on: Follow-up Care and what to expect, advice for healthy eating and getting active, how to manage brain fog and fatigue, guidance for returning to mahi/kura, how to manage dating, relationships and body image and tips for setting goals and maintaining positive mental wellbeing.
Thank you to our AYA whānau and colleagues who collaborated on this resource, especially the awesome young people in our Consumer Advisory Group for giving us the guidance, review and feedback on each section to make sure we got it right. Shout out to Helen from Erupt Design for your beautiful work once again.

A lot of work and intention has gone in to the making of this resource and we hope it provides our rangatahi with the support, guidance and tools they need to navigate their next journey upon finishing treatment. 

Life After Cancer Individual Chapters

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.