Current Recruiting

Support during AYA Cancer

What is this project about?

This study aims to explore young people’s psychosocial support experiences throughout their cancer journey.

Young people are in a unique phase of life as they are emerging out of childhood and into adults. This in itself can be a stressful period. Having cancer on top of this can be an even bigger stressor and impact their current and long term physical and mental wellbeing. Having support from friends and other young people with cancer can affect how young people experience their illness.  We wish to investigate this.


This research can tell us what is helpful and not helpful when young people with cancer receive support. This can then help us provide services for young people with cancer, to feel better supported during this tough time.

Any young person aged between 14-20 years who started receiving cancer treatment during high school and have received treatment in the past two years is eligible to participate!

If the young person is interested in taking part, the young person and their parent will be asked to read the information statement (downloadable here) and fill in a consent form and a simple demographic questionnaire. Once this form has been received by Canteen, the young person will complete an interview face-to-face, over Skype or telephone with Tharushi (MClin Psychology student from UTS) to hear about their experiences, which will take approximately 45-60mins. 

Want to sign up?

If you would like to sign up to participate in this study:

Contact Tharushi Kaluarachchi on 0425 424 993 or

Contact the Canteen Research team on 1800 234 007 or

For more information, please download the Participant Information Statement here.

If you have any questions, please contact Tharushi Kaluarachchi on 0425 424 993 or


This study has been approved by the University of Technology Sydney Human Research Ethics Committee [UTS HREC].  If you have any concerns or complaints about any aspect of the conduct of this research, please contact the Ethics Secretariat on ph.: +61 2 9514 2478 or email:, and quote the UTS HREC reference number [UTS HREC REF NO. ETH18-2114].  Any matter raised will be treated confidentially, investigated and you will be informed of the outcome.


For more information or to sign up, please contact Tharushi Kaluarachchi on 0425 424 993 or