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Transition to Adult Care

  • Transition Support Service

    Who we are

    The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) Transition Support Service is staffed by:

    • Evelyn Culnane, Transition Manager (Mon - Fri)
    • Jamie McCarthy, Transition Support Coordinator (Wed - Fri)
    • Rebecca Peters, Transition Support Worker (Tues/Wed)
    • Karen Hutchinson, Transition Support Worker (Tue/Thur)
    • Pamela Linden, Transition Innovation Officer (Tues/Wed)
    • Hayley Loftus, Transition Research Study Coordinator (Mon, Tues & alternate Fri) 

    What we provide

    • Transition support, education and transition care coordination for RCH adolescent patients from 15 years and above and their parents and carers (parents), in conjunction with treating teams
    • Resources for adolescents and parents including adult service information, school/study, work, travel, keeping well and mental health 
    • Consultation and advice for clinicians and other health professionals on issues relating to transitio
    • Resources and education for clinicians and other health professionals
    • Development of transition and transfer processes and pathways such as joint RCH and adult service transition clinic
    • Research
    • Events including the annual RCH Graduation Ceremony and the annual education forum for adolescents and their parents

    Who we see

    • Patients 15 years and above at the RCH who:
      •   Have a chronic health condition and/or disability 
      •   Have complex and/or multiple medical/physical/developmental or mental health concerns
      •   Require assistance developing a clear and coordinated transition plan and transfer pathway
    • Parents with an adolescent patient of the RCH 

    How to refer to the Transition Support Service

    Policies and Procedures