Healthcare transition is the planned movement of a young person from child to adult healthcare services.
Depending on a patient’s health care requirements, ‘adult services’ might mean an adult hospital, a specialist doctor who looks after adults outside a hospital or a general practitioner (GP). PMH staff commence discussions about transition options with patients and families from the time the child turns 13 years old, giving patients time to plan and prepare for adult healthcare services.
Child and adult healthcare services take care of people during different phases of their life. Doctors, nurses and other staff in adult services are specially trained to look after patients as they enter adulthood.
Transfer is the final act of moving from child to adult healthcare services. Transfer to adult services typically takes place between the ages of 16 and 18. The timing may vary depending on a patient’s readiness, health condition and other life factors that may impact a person’s transfer. Patients play an active role in determining the best time to transfer to adult healthcare services.
|Questions may be directed at parent/carer.||Patient is expected to understand their own medical condition. Patient will be asked questions directly.|
|Parent/carer will book appointments on child’s behalf.||Patient expected to book your own appointments and keep track of appointment times.|
|Parent/carer may attend appointments with child.||Patient will be treated as an independent adult and this includes deciding who attends appointments with them.|
|Parent/carer may fill out child’s paperwork, organise medications or pay for appointments.||Adult patients are responsible for completing their own paperwork, paying for appointments, filling prescriptions and understanding how to use their Medicare or private health insurance card.|
If you have any questions or concerns about the transition and transfer to adult healthcare services, discuss them directly with your doctor for tailored information and planning relating to your healthcare situation.