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Adolescent transition is a process RCH patients go through, resulting in a transfer to an adult health care service. Transition is a coordinated process involving the young person, their families or carers and all the hospital departments involved in their care.
It is a gradual process, beginning in early adolescence and is not completed until the young person has engaged in an adult health service. Adolescent transition is a major milestone in the life of the young person and their family. As with other transitions in life, such as moving from primary school to high school, it should be coordinated and planned well in advance, in close consultation with the young person and parent/carer. This will serve to minimise unnecessary upheaval for the young person and parent/carer to ensure their participation and engagement with adult health care providers.
Transition from paediatric to adult health services is a time of significant change and may be stressful for both the young person and their families. As a parent/carer you have to cope with your own challenges as you encourage your child to look after their own health care and become independent. Your involvement in your son/daughter's transition is important as it will help you to support them during this time of change. The links below are for a wide range of information and resources to assist you as a parent or carer during the time of your child's transition. For further information, you can talk to your son or daughter's treating doctor or members of their health care team or contact the Adolescent Transition Program.