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Transition Care Service for young people with chronic illness moving from paediatric to adult health services

The NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation Transition Care Network commenced in 2004. The Network aims to improve the continuity of care for young people aged between 14 – 25 years of age with chronic health problems moving from children’s health services to adult health services. The Network has three Transition Care Coordinators and extends across all local health districts in NSW.  They work closely with Trapeze which is the chronic care transition service for Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network.

Coordinators can help young people and their families by:

  • l helping to sort out any difficulties in finding or attending an adult health service
  • l providing information about adult health services and services in the community
  • l providing guidance and support to attend clinics
  • l assisting the young person to adjust to a new adult team and a new adult service and the different ways things may be done in the adult service
  • l contacting the young person and the family/carers to make sure they have successfully engaged with an adult health service

They can help health professionals by:

  • l helping to find appropriate adult services
  • l supporting young  people when they first move to adult health services
  • l providing resources to help prepare young people and their families when they first move to adult health services
  • l following through and providing feedback once young people have moved to adult care

Referrals to the transition service can be made by the young person, parents / carers, health professionals, school teachers, case workers

Coordinators Contacts

Transition Care Coordinator for Eastern and Southern Area:
Silvana Techera. Phone 9382 5455: mobile 0425 232128;
Email:  Silvana.Techera@health.nsw.gov.au

Western Area:
Louise Charlton.  Phone: 88907787: mobile 0434 568301
Email: Louise.Charlton @health.nsw.gov.au

Northern:
Angela Myles. Phone: 4925 7866: Mobile 0434361202
Email: Angela.Myles@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au

Transition Care Network

Contact

Tracey Szanto
A/Clinical Associate Director Acute Care for Children and Older People