How ‘Te Awa’ assisted rangatahi (young people) to traverse their cancer diagnosis.


Te Awa uses the analogy of a flowing river to help rangatahi (young people) talk about different aspects of their cancer diagnosis, a non-frightening way to talk about a frightening thing. Te Awa conversations can range from coping with the impact of cancer, the positive and negative effects it can have on relationships with friends and family, various treatment pathways along the cancer continuum, through to emotional and psychological coping skills required along the trajectory. The time came to learn formally from rangatahi their experiences of using Te Awa, the research findings will be presented at He Au Honua.