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Most young people with a chronic condition or disability who are treated at a children’s (paediatric) hospital will eventually need to be transferred to an adult healthcare service. The process that supports this transfer is called ‘transition’. Adolescent transition helps you to understand the transition process and work towards greater independence and ownership of your health care to the best of your ability.
The transition process starts early, as soon as you enter adolescence. You will be given the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge to enable you to successfully navigate your health in the new adult service.
Adolescent transition is:
Transition is an important process as you progress into adulthood and start taking greater ownership over your healthcare. This process will provide you with practical assistance and guidance to help prepare you for the move to adult healthcare. Discussions may include:
There are four general phases for an effective transition process.
You will be introduced to the concept of transition and establish your knowledge of your medical condition and how to manage it, as you start becoming more independent with your healthcare. Transfer may seem a long while away but it’s important to start thinking about what differences you might expect in adult healthcare and how you can start working towards being ready.
You 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 may:
Your readiness to transfer will be assessed and all relevant information will be sent to your new adult care team/s.
You will receive a copy of this letter too. You may have
your last visit with your RCH team/s and will start having appointments at the new adult health service/s.
You have the opportunity to provide us with feedback about the transition and transfer process and your experience. This helps us to improve the process.