Kids Health Info

Adolescent transition - differences in care

  • There are many differences between the services you receive at a children's hospital and the services you will receive when you reach adult health care.

    The Royal Children's Hospital's Adolescent Transition Program has a fact sheet with some very useful hints and information.

    Sometimes change can be a bit uncomfortable but hopefully the tips on the fact sheet can help make your transition to a new hospital an easier experience. This is an exciting stage of your life as you become an adult and take charge of your health.

    Points to keep in mind

    • You can always have someone with you at your appointment or you can be seen on your own.
    • Take a list of questions or a description of your symptoms with you, so that you don't forget something.
    • If possible, make a longer appointment if you have a lot to talk about. GP's can offer longer appointments.
    • If you don't feel comfortable with your new doctor it is ok to change. The first service you try may not be right for you. You have the right to ask for another referral.
    • Your voice is important; make sure you use it to express how you are feeling and to ask any questions you may have. If you don't ask you won't know!

    Questions to ask


    How will you get to the adult hospital? Where will you park or get off the tram etc?

    New hospital/service

    • Does the building have easy access (especially if you use mobility aids)?
    • What are the opening hours of the new hospital?
    • Do you connect with and feel listened to by the hospital staff?
    • Has the hospital had experience with young people with similar conditions to yours?


    • How quickly can you get in to see your doctor when you need an appointment?
    • What are the charges? What payment options are there?

    Links to services

    What services or support networks are out there for adolescents and young adults? These may be condition specific or problem specific support networks.

    More information

    The Royal Children's Hospital Adolescent Transition Coordinator
    T: (03) 9345 4858


    Developed by the RCH Adolescent Transition Program. First published September 2013.

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