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For patients transitioning from paediatric to young adult care
The Mater Young Adult Diabetes Transition Clinics are for patients aged between 16 and 18 years of age. The purpose of the clinics is to support the smooth transition of diabetes care from Lady Cilento Children's Hospital (LCCH) and/or other paediatric healthcare providers to the Mater Young Adult Health Centre.
The initial appointment will be with the Diabetes Nurse Educator in the Transition Clinic. The transition clinic offers an extended appointment with the Diabetes Nurse Educator and the opportunity for the patient and their carers to be familiarised with the Young Adult Service in a supportive environment.
Following the initial transition clinic appointment the patient will then be offered ongoing care within the Young Adult Diabetes Clinic which is a multi-disciplinary clinic offering comprehensive care for young people with diabetes. Some patients may be offered an appointment directly with the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) in the Young Adult Diabetes Clinic if the patient's medical history/complex care needs indicate that an earlier MDT appointment may be beneficial.
If you would like your patient to access the Mater Young Adult Diabetes service please provide the following information set out in our referral criteria.
Please include all of the minimum referral requirements and the following information relevant to the patient you are referring.
If available, please also include the following information:
Patients should be referred using the Mater Hospital Brisbane Outpatient Clinic Referral Form and can be faxed to 07 3163 1543.
Patients who are referred to the clinic are triaged according to the diabetes referral guidelines.
There are important principles in the effective transition of young people from paediatric to adult care which include:
Mater Young Adult Services offers patients the opportunity to attend bulk billed clinics. To provide your patient with the opportunity to attend a bulk billed specialist clinic, please provide a named referral to one of our specialists listed above.
If you wish to discuss a referral with a medical officer from this specialty, please contact the Mater Young Adult Diabetes Service on 07 3163 2500.
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