Youth transition care is the process of planning, preparing and moving young people with chronic health conditions or disabilities from child to adult oriented healthcare services. Transition is multidimensional and requires a person-centred, coordinated approach that meets an individual’s developmental and psychosocial needs. Supported youth transition care improves health outcomes for young people. It prevents disengagement from health services and reduces avoidable hospital presentations and admissions.
The WSLHD Youth Transition Care Project officer position secured permanent full-time funding within Youth Health, Integrated and Community Health in 2021. This position supports the development of strategy, processes and mechanisms that holistically support young people in transition care throughout the LHD.
Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD), The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (CHW), Trapeze (The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network [SCHN]) and the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) have continued to work in partnership to facilitate the development and enhancement of mechanisms, systems and processes that support the transition of young people with chronic conditions in western Sydney.
Transition coordination support for young people in western Sydney can be provided by the ACI or Trapeze. If you are a health professional with a question about transition care for a young person under your care, contact the WSLHD Youth Transition Project Officer.