|“You go from the RCG to Adolescent Health Services, and then suddenly you’re out on your own.” (Anonymous)
There will come a point - usually around 16-18 years old, when as a person with type 1 diabetes, you will make the move from childhood medical support services and specialists to adult medical care. This is a big step and it can be quite daunting to leave behind the team that you may have known and trusted for years.
One of the biggest differences between child and adult health services is the independence that you will gain. But at the same time, you will be expected to know how to manage and take control of your diabetes yourself.
Speak to your healthcare team to find out when and how this process will take place for you.
Don’t worry - there is plenty of information to help your through this transition.
Head to the transition section of this website.
Life Guide for Young People with Diabetes on the Move
Life Guide for Young People with Diabetes on the Move is a DVD available for all young people with diabetes aged 16-21. This is the age when most of us finish school, leave home for the first time, travel, start tertiary study, find jobs, start careers, develop relationships and more. Adding to this mix is the need to keep managing your diabetes and move your care from a paediatric to adult care setting. The DVD/CD has been made by young people with diabetes who have 'been there, done that' and is a valuable resource for young people to show how to maintain good health and move towards independence.Download: Life Guide for Young People DVD/CD Resource Order Form