Transition - What is it?
Transition is the word used to describe the transfer from paediatric (child) health care to adult health care. It can happen anytime between the age of 12-20, and sometimes as late as in your 20s.
Transition can take years - it depends on your individual circumstances and who your health care providers are.
Why is it important?
Successful transition is very important to the long-term health and happiness of young adults living with a chronic illness. Transition of diabetes care usually happens at the same time as many other developmental and lifestyle changes. It should be seen as just one of a number of life transitions a young adult makes - like moving out of home or moving from school to Uni or TAFE.
Sometimes young adults don’t like where they have been transferred to, or feel that they don’t receive enough support during the transition process and, as a result, they drop out of the healthcare system, only to return with serious and often avoidable diabetes-related complications. Staying connected to a health care team is the key to reducing the risk of long-term diabetes complications.
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