Adolescent Transition Care Clinical Network

Estab­lished in March 2021, the Ado­les­cent Tran­si­tion Care Clin­i­cal Net­work aims to part­ner with young peo­ple to ensure health­care is designed to suit young peo­ple and does­n’t impact on their nor­mal healthy ado­les­cent development.

Cur­rent Projects

The Statewide Ado­les­cent Tran­si­tion Net­work are excit­ed to announce two projects, that are com­menc­ing, with the aim to improve the ado­les­cent tran­si­tion jour­ney for young peo­ple in South Aus­tralia. The two projects are:

  • The Ado­les­cent Tran­si­tion Frame­work and Action Plan. The pur­pose of the frame­work and action plan is to improve health out­comes for young peo­ple with life-long dis­abil­i­ty and or chron­ic con­di­tions in South Aus­tralia through improved qual­i­ty, con­ti­nu­ity and con­sis­ten­cy of ado­les­cent tran­si­tion care. 
  • Heath Jour­ney Map­ping project. This is a research project with the aim is to iden­ti­fy the chal­lenges faced by young peo­ple with com­plex med­ical con­di­tions in tran­si­tion from child to adult health ser­vices in South Aus­tralia. In particular:
    • The needs of young peo­ple dur­ing transition
    • The ele­ments that con­tribute to a suc­cess­ful transition

We recog­nise that young peo­ple are best placed to be involved in deci­sions and sug­gest solu­tions about the issues that affect them so both of these projects will be engag­ing youth to be active­ly involved in these projects. 

There will be expres­sions of inter­est for young peo­ple who are inter­est­ed in con­tribut­ing to the projects and pro­vid­ing a voice for young peo­ple with a chron­ic ill­ness in South Australia. 

Hear from Damon Fenech about the Statewide Ado­les­cent Tran­si­tion Care Clin­i­cal Net­work as part of the 2022 CEIH Con­ver­sa­tion Series

Statewide Adolescent Transition Care Clinical Network Steering Committee
Dr Jem­ma Ander­sonChair
Mr Allan Hay­wardPro­gram Man­ag­er, Youth Can­cer Ser­vice SA/NTCALHN
Dr Bet­ty-Jean Dee-PriceResearch (UNSW) ses­sion­al work (Flinders), Flinders Uni­ver­si­ty, Uni­ver­si­ty of New South Wales
Mr Damon FenechSer­vice Man­ag­er, NALHN
Mrs Dana WrightNurse Con­sul­tant, Dis­abil­i­ty Ser­vices, WCHN
Mrs Georgina Pater­sonNurse Unit Man­ag­er, Tho­raci­cs OPDCALHN
Dr Jen­na Pater­sonAdvanced Trainee in Gen­er­al and Acute Med­i­cine, Austin Hos­pi­tal, Victoria
Dr John WidgerPae­di­a­tri­cian and Clin­i­cal Direc­tor, SALHN
Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor Josephine ThomasCon­sul­tant Gen­er­al Physi­cian and Direc­tor of Physi­cian Edu­ca­tion, CALHN
Dr Kate LynchHead of Inflam­ma­to­ry Bow­el Dis­ease Depart­ment, CALHN
Ms Kate TurpinNurse prac­ti­tion­er — Long term fol­low up/​transition, WCHN
Dr Ken­neth Hoop­erHead of Unit, South­ern Youth Men­tal Health Ser­vice, SALHN
Dr Ker­ry Whan­nelGP Con­sul­tant, SALHN
Mrs Marie CapelleTeam Leader, Met­ro­pol­i­tan Youth Health Elizabeth
Dr Muthuthantrige Ashani Couch­manNeu­ro-Urol­o­gist and Ado­les­cent Urol­o­gist, CAHLN
Mr Steven WrightExec­u­tive Man­ag­er, Youth Ser­vices, Son­der, Edin­burgh North and Adelaide
Ms Suja­ta Myl­va­ganamCoor­di­na­tor Youth Men­tal Health Con­sul­ta­tion Liai­son Ser­vice, Rur­al and Remote Men­tal Health Service
Mr Tim Crow­leyNurs­ing Direc­tor, Man­ag­er — Acute and Statewide Ser­vices, Nurse Prac­ti­tion­er Com­plex Care & Trau­ma Men­tal Health Child and Ado­les­cent Men­tal Health
Ms Usha RitchieAsso­ciate Direc­tor of Phar­ma­cy, CALHN


Dr Jemma Anderson

Statewide Ado­les­cent Tran­si­tion Care Clin­i­cal Net­work Vision

The Ado­les­cent Tran­si­tion Care Clin­i­cal Net­work has a vision for young peo­ple to access care which:

  • meets their needs
  • empow­ers them to have an ongo­ing say in its devel­op­ment and evaluation
  • is eas­i­ly accessible
  • is con­tin­u­ous­ly improv­ing and;
  • seam­less across all providers of healthcare.

Statewide Ado­les­cent Tran­si­tion Care Clin­i­cal Net­work Goals

  • Improve access to services
  • Seam­less tran­si­tion, qual­i­ty and deliv­ery of care to young people
  • Young peo­ple are part of the sys­tem and design
  • Qual­i­ty improvement.

Ado­les­cent Tran­si­tion Care Net­work Vision and Aims Easy Read (581 KBPDF)

Have a question?

Or want to know more about the Ado­les­cent Tran­si­tion Care Statewide Clin­i­cal Net­work?
Please email CEIH.​AdolescentTransition@​sa.​gov.​au