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Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Network Aotearoa

Cancer Network Group Service


8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.


The Network connects hands-on health care and support providers from many disciplines and organisations to improve AYA (adolescent and young adult) cancer services in New Zealand.

The Network provides a forum for nurses, doctors, social workers, dentists, pharmacists, psychologists, dietitians, educators, counsellors, other allied health professionals and patient and whānau support providers to find new and innovative ways of delivering care to 12-24 year olds with cancer.

At the heart of the Network’s endeavours is open communication, cross-agency and sector collaboration and information sharing. This transparency strengthens linkages between organisations, disciplines and regions to ensure the best interests of young people are met, regardless of where they access health care and support.

The network is resourced by the Ministry of Health to provide clinical guidance and project management expertise to translate the ideas and knowledge of passionate practitioners into implementable, national solutions.

The Network uses small working groups of health and non-government organisation (NGO) sector specialists to examine specific issues and develop best-practice advice to guide service delivery across the country.

The Network welcomes participation of young people, their whānau and anyone involved in the delivery of care to 12-24 year olds with cancer in New Zealand. This includes medical, nursing, allied health and NGO front line support providers. 


Heidi Watson

National Clinical Lead for the AYA Cancer Network Aotearoa

Alexandra Ritai

Programme Coordinator for the AYA Cancer Network Aotearoa

Kirsten Ballantine

Data Project Lead for the AYA Cancer Network Aotearoa

How do I access this service?

Contact us

By phone or email, or filling out the contact form on our website. We are also on FaceBook, Instagram and Twitter.


8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

Mon – Fri8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Services Provided


Cancer Types

Breast, Childhood Cancers, Gynaecological, Leukaemia and Blood, Lung, Prostate, Skin Cancer / Melanoma, Others, Brain and Spinal, Head and Neck / Thyroid, Upper Gastrointestinal (Oesophagus / Stomach / Liver), Lower Gastrointestinal (Bowel / Rectum / Anus), Kidney, Bladder, Testicular, Sarcoma

Contact Details

8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

Fill out the contact form on our website. 

Postal Address

ACS Building
Level 5, 3 Ferncroft Street

This page was last updated at 12:43PM on May 13, 2022. This information is reviewed and edited by Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Network Aotearoa.