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‘A purposeful, planned process that addresses the medical, psychosocial and educational/vocational needs of adolescents and young adults with chronic physical and medical conditions as they move from child-centred to adult-oriented healthcare systems’Society of Adolescent Medicine 2003
Adolescent Transition is an important process for you as a parent/carer. You will be encouraging your young person to look after their own healthcare to the best of their ability and become if able, more independent. Your involvement in this process is important as it will help you o support them during this time of change. We have developed some information on a range of topics which are also available on The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH)
Transition website, designed to help support you and your son/daughter.
Transition is an important process for you. Your role as parent or carer of a young person who is progressing into adulthood may be evolving and changing during this period. This process will provide you with practical assistance and guidance to help prepare you and your son/daughter for the move to adult health care. Discussions may include:
There are four general phases for an effective transition process.
You and your son/daughter will be introduced to the concept of transition, starting the information exchange, and assessing their knowledge of their medical condition and how to manage it. This is when you may be assisting your son/daughter to become more independent if appropriate.
You and your son/daughter will develop a transition plan and be assigned a transition lead (person who will help to manage the transition process). During this phase, confidentiality, rights and self-advocacy will be explored and you and your son/daughter may:
Your son/daughter’s readiness to transfer will be assessed and all relevant information will be sent to your son/daughter’s new adult care team/s either via a letter, by phone or face-to-face. You will receive a copy of this letter too. Your son/daughter may have their last visit with their RCH team/s and you will meet and start having appointments at the new adult health service/s.
You and your son/daughter have the opportunity to provide us with feedback about the transition and transfer process and your experience. This helps us to improve the process.