Youth Partipation

"Who better than to help design services for young people than young people themselves... aren't we the experts?"
AYA patient


Support Directory

The AYA Cancer Network has a 20-member advisory group. There are also opportunities for AYAs to participate through the following NGO’s:

CanTeen New Zealand

Leukamia & Blood Cancer New Zealand

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.