Stages of transition

These stages of transition are a general guide and will depend on you and your condition.

Early stage (12-14 years)

  • Starting transition early ensures a smoother change from paediatric to adult care
  • Developing your self-management skills takes time, so it’s good to start early
  • Your healthcare team can start to see you on your own for part of your appointment
  • Feel free to ask questions about your condition, medications and treatment
  • Work closely with your GP to monitor and coordinate your health, it will increase your knowledge and confidence.

Middle stage (14-16 years)

  • Learn more about living with your condition
  • Develop a transition plan with your healthcare team and Trapeze or Transition Coordinator
  • Talk to your family and/or carer about becoming more independent
  • Learn healthy ways of coping with stress and anxiety
  • Start making your own decisions for your healthcare e.g. schedule health appointments on your own
  • Apply for your own Medicare card
  • Contact Trapeze or your Transition Coordinator if you would like to meet other young people with chronic conditions.

Late stage (16-18 years) - where you take full control!

  • Start planning the timing of you leaving the children’s health services with your healthcare team
  • Know your condition, your treatment, and what to do and who to contact if you are unwell
  • Know about safe sex, drug and alcohol, and how to look after your mental health
  • Get advice about education, work and relationships
  • Speak to your school about how to apply for special consideration for exams if you need support
  • Find out what financial benefits you are entitled to
  • Check if you can access the same medication and treatment in the adult hospital
  • Think about your future plans and goals and get advice
  • Make appointments and attend your first adult appointment. Ensure you have the right referrals
  • Finalise your transition plan and be sure to refer back to it or even amend it when needed
  • Quiz yourself on the Checklist for young people to see if you’re ready to make the move.
Last updated Thursday 11th April 2024