AYA group programs

Supporting health, wellbeing and connections with other young people during and after treatment.

All programs are at no cost to participants.

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We offer a range of group programs for adolescents and young adults experiencing cancer.


The UPskill Vocational Training Program includes skills-based, psycho-educational workshops addressing three broad topics: 

  • Goal setting and career pathway development 
  • Strategies to optimise study and work performance 
  • Essential skills for education and employment 

The program runs once a week over four weeks. Workshops are led by Victorian AYA Cancer Service staff and community partners. 


SPLICE is a year-long, pre-accredited visual arts program for young people who have experienced cancer. It aims to develop skills and prepare participants for pathways into further education and work. 

Led by award-winning artist Mia Schoen, classes are held weekly at the Centre for Adult Education in Melbourne’s CBD. It is also available online for those unable to attend in person. 

You do not need any visual arts experience and can join at any point throughout the year. The program culminates in an exhibition each December. 



ReGenerate is an eight-week exercise, education, and self-management program. It aims to improve strength and conditioning after cancer treatment. 

The program consists of exercise sessions twice a week. An exercise physiologist supervises these sessions. There is also a weekly education session, delivered by youth friendly health professionals. These sessions cover common survivorship topics, such as: 

  • Diet and nutrition 
  • Emotional health and wellbeing 
  • Return to school, study and work 
  • Late effects and getting the most out of your relationship with your GP (General Practitioner) 

ReGenerate is delivered on-site at Peter Mac’s Melbourne campus. 


For more information on any of these programs please contact the Victorian Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Service at (03) 8559 6880 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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