Transitioning to adult healthcare

Transitioning to adult healthcare

There are many changes that come with becoming an adult, and one of the most important ones is managing your own healthcare. The first step is moving (or transitioning) your healthcare from child-based (paediatric) services to those that are adult-based.

In the years before you turn 18, we’ll work with you and your other care providers to start developing a transition plan that meets your individual needs. You’ll have plenty of time to prepare and ask any questions you may have about what you can expect in adult health care.

To help you through the process, we’ve developed a Transitioning to adulthood for adolescents and young adults guide

For more specific transition information for people with kidney conditions, click here.

Your treating team can also work through this Readiness to Transfer Checklist with you to identify what you already know about your health condition, and what you may need help with during transition.

For parents/caregivers

Parent and caregivers play an important role in helping a young person transition to adult healthcare. Supporting your child to gain independence may seem daunting especially if they have multiple care teams, but please be assured, they will be transitioned via a phased approach over a timeframe that suits their needs and requirements. As a general rule, we aim to introduce your child to new adult specialist by the time they are 17 years of age, so there will be lots of opportunities to discuss expectations with ongoing health care needs Transition is individually tailored to meet the needs of each young adult and the level of support received will be determined by them.

Readiness to Transfer Checklist

Contact your treating team to discuss transition planning.