Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology

Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology at Westmead Hospital

The Diabetes Transition Support Program

The Diabetes Transition Support Program at Westmead Hospital was established in 2001 to assist young adults aged 15-25 years, with type 1 diabetes in making a successful transition from paediatric health services to adult health care. The service accepts all young adults in this age range with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Young people with CF related diabetes may also be referred to this clinic.

Our aim is to help young adults with diabetes connect with and remain under regular health care during these busy years as they establish themselves in studying, careers and relationships. Without adequate support young people are at risk of becoming disconnected from health care and at increased risk of developing short and long term diabetes complications.

The Young Adult Clinic Service provides the following on referral from a GP or Specialist:

  • Friendly afternoon clinic – appointments 2.30pm - 6.00pm
  • Insulin Pump starts and management
  • Extended hours mobile phone support for sick day management
  • Direct phone access to Program Coordinator/Diabetes Educator
  • Appointment reminders by SMS, mobile phone or email
  • Access to Specialist, Diabetes Educator, Dietitian and Psychologist
  • Age appropriate education material
  • Support with negotiating the adult health system
  • Medicare only – no extra cost

Location

Diabetes and Endocrinology Ambulatory Care Centre, Level 1, CD Block, Westmead Hospital.

Contact

Program Coordinator – Kaye Farrell (02) 8890 6288 or 0423 608 378.

Referrals

Referrals are to be directed to Dr Jane Holmes-Walker.