Questions to ask yourself

Ask yourself these questions to identify the skills you already have, and the areas where you may need to increase your knowledge to become more independent.   

It's okay if you do not answer 'yes' to all of the questions. Transition is a learning process, think of the questions as way to guide your next steps. 

Managing your condition

  • Do I know about my condition and how to manage symptoms and emergencies? 
  • Am I aware of what symptoms need monitoring and what ongoing tests will be required, why and how often?
  • Do I know what medications I need and how to fill prescriptions?
  • Can I make my own appointments and start seeing the doctor on my own?
  • Do I eat healthily and exercise regularly?
  • Have I started meeting with some adult doctors to ‘check them out’ before I have to switch?
  • Am I following a transition plan with my health care team? You can ask your health care team to refer you to Trapeze or ACI Transition Care Coordinators who can help you plan for transition to adult healthcare services. 

Staying organised and stress-free

  • Do I have a detailed medical summary? Your healthcare team can help you with this. 
  • Do I have copies of clinic and discharge letters ? The adult health service will require them.
  • Can I order the supplies and equipment I need for my condition? 
  • Have I asked about special considerations for assessments and exams at school and university?
  • Am I safe when trying risky behaviours?
  • Do I have someone that I trust and respect to talk to when stress or worry is getting in the way?

Non-medical to do list

  • Do I have my own Medicare card? See ''Most popular help'
  • Remember to declare any relevant medical conditions when applying for your Driver’s Licence.
  • Am I eligible for financial support or any concessions from Centrelink?
  • Open up your own bank account.
  • Apply for a tax file number if you are thinking about work.
  • Remember to enrol to vote when you are 18 years old. Living with an intellectual disability?  More voting options
  • Think about how you will keep in touch with friends once school ends.
Last updated Wednesday 1st May 2024