South Australia is the only Australian jurisdiction that has not invested in a state-wide transition service for young people with achronic condition.
The partnership between the Statewide Adolescent Transition Care Clinical Network (SATCCN) and the Department for Health and Wellbeing, identified the health system is poorly equipped to manage the transition of high-risk cohorts, complex needs patients, and those from rural and remote communities in South Australia.
The need for a statewide adolescent transition framework or model of care for South Australia was identified in:
- South Australia’s Health and Wellbeing Plan for Wome, Children and Young People 2022 – 2032
- SA Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2020 – 2025
- SA Mental Health Services Plan 2020 – 2025.
The project to develop the Statewide Adolescent Transition Framework and Action Plan, will deliver a contemporary, statewide adolescent transition framework and action plan that articulates how SA Health, and its partners can deliver adolescent transition care for young people.
This covers ages between 12 – 24 years with chronic conditions that require transition of care from paediatric to adult care services.
The engagement approach consists of consultation and collaboration with stakeholders that have experience with paediatric to adult care transition, including:
- Young people
- Local health networks
- Primary health care services
- Remote and rural service providers
- Community groups.
A statewide workshop is currently in development and invitations will be sent to key stakeholders in the coming weeks.
Feedback received from all consultations will inform and contribute to the direction of the South Australia’s Adolescent Transition Framework and Action Plan.