Adolescents – Preparing for Adult Services
"Transition" describes the process of planning and moving on from the Women's and Children's Hospital to an adult health care team. Transition is a gradual process and your health team may start discussing this with you at around 14 - 16 years of age.
We use the word "transition" to describe the process of planning and moving on from the Women's and Children's Hospital to an adult health care team.
Transition is a gradual process and your health team may start discussing this with you at around
14 - 16 years of age. It gives everyone time to talk about what health care you will need as an adult, choose which hospital or services are best for you and make sure you're ready to make the move.
The following resources will assist you to prepare for transition. If you have any questions about transition to adult services, discuss these with your health care teams.
My Personal Health Folder
The 'My Personal Health Folder' is a great tool to help you keep all of your health records that may be required by your medical teams. It includes a health history as well as general information about your day to day health needs. You can also use this to keep track of any upcoming appointments. This can be saved on to a USB device as an electronic version or printed off as a paper version.
Frequently asked questions
Tools to assist with transition
The following tools can be used to assist you to prepare for transition and identify areas you need to work on to be ready for adult services. These tools will be filled out with help from your transition coordinator, and kept in your file, so that all your teams know where your transition planning is up to.
The following tool may assist you if you are currently prescribed many medications. It may help to assist with identifying any issues around accessing medication in the adult sector, so that plans can start to be made.
Fill out this form and take along with you to your doctor or nurse visits, or discuss with the hospital pharmacist when next collecting medications.