What is adolescent transition?

  • Transition Support Service

    Who we are

    The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) Transition Support Service is comprised of a transition manager, a transition support coordinator and two transition youth mentors.  

    What we provide

    • Support and assistance in developing and coordinating optimal transition and transfer processes and pathways, in collaboration with referring teams and adult health services
    • Transition support and education for patients from 15 years and above and their parents/carers, in conjunction with ‘transition leads’ from referring specialty
    • Consultation and advice for clinicians, patients and parents/carers and other external stakeholders on issues relating to transition
    • Resources for adolescents and parents/carers on a range of pertinent topics
    • Participation in research relating to transition and continual evaluation of best practice
    • Delivery of collaborative events and key initiatives to support the health and wellbeing of young people with chronic health conditions and/or disabilities at the RCH including the annual ‘Study With Your Health, Not Against It’ Education Forum and the RCH Graduation Ceremony

    Who we see

    • Patients 15 years and above who:
      • Have a chronic health condition and/or disability at the RCH
      • Have complex and/or multiple medical/physical/mental health issues
      • Require assistance developing a clear and coordinated transition plan and transfer pathway
    • Parents/carers whose child is a patient at the RCH

    How to refer to the Transition Support Service

    • Clinicians at the RCH can refer using the online referral system on EPIC
    • External clinicians may refer via direct contact with the manager of the Transition Support Service
    • Adolescents and parents/carers may self-refer via contact with the manager of the Transition Support Service