Post Graduate Training in AYA Cancer Care

Adolescents and young adults (12-24) with cancer present a unique set of challenges for health professionals.
They have distinct physical, psychological and developmental needs that are significantly different from those of children or those of adults. Health professionals working with adolescents and young adults need special skills and understanding in order to maximise outcomes for this patient population.

The University of Auckland offers the opportunity for you to develop and advance your knowledge, skills and expertise in this area.
Why not become a clinical care champion for adolescents and young adults with cancer within your service?

There are two main avenues for study:

  1. You can enrol for a Postgraduate certificate; or
  2. Diploma in Health Sciences specialising in youth health.

Courses offered at the School of Population Health in a flexible learning format.
A full outline of the programme and courses can be found on the university website:

Or, if you are currently enrolled in a programme of specialist study, you can include the below papers as a 30 point combined course into your programme. Please note PAEDS712 is a pre requisite for PAEDS721 so either needs to be taken before or at the same time as PAEDS721.

PAEDS 712 – Youth Clinical Skills – 15 points: This course gives health professionals the core generic skills and knowledge essential for working with young people in any health care setting. The course develops and extends knowledge and skills in clinical interviewing, comprehensive assessment and effective intervention with adolescents and young adults

For more information on the course – please refer to course outline

PAEDS712 Course Outline

PAEDS 721 – AYA Cancer Care Practicum – 15 points: This course builds on the generic knowledge and skills taught in PAEDS 712 while providing advanced knowledge and skills in AYA cancer care in areas such as transitional care, survivorship, biology and treatment during adolescent and young adult years, consent and ethical issues, and adherence strategies for the adolescent and young adult.

PAEDS721 Course Outline

For more information, enrolment details or assistance in planning your course of study, please feel free to contact either:

Ms Heidi Watson, Course Coordinator – 021 337 129 or  or

Ms Bridget Farrant, Course Director –

For other online courses, workshops and trainings check out our Professional Development page:

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.