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Young Adult Diabetes Transition Clinic - public patients 

For patients transitioning from paediatric to young adult care

Scope of Service

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.

Referral Criteria

Please include all of the minimum referral requirements and the following information relevant to the patient you are referring.

Please include:

  • type of diabetes & age at diagnosis
  • current therapies and modes of administration used to treat the patient’s diabetes
  • presence of any complications and details when screening last performed (if appropriate)
  • summary of previous allied health reviews
  • summary of CYMHS/mental health team involvement
  • details of any management/care plans that are in place
  • weight/BMI percentile graphing
  • blood pressure
  • history of smoking and any recreational drug use
  • HBA1c

If available, please also include the following information:

  • Fasting Lipids - Chol, LDL, HDL, Tg
  • Urinary albumin creatinine ratio
  • anti-transglutaminase antibodies, IgA for coeliac diagnosis
  • recent retinal examination photo/report

Patients should be referred using the Mater Hospital Brisbane Outpatient Clinic Referral Form.

Referrals can be sent by:

Secure messaging           Medical Objects:   HM4101000R8

                                     HealthLink EDI:      materref                                                                                             

Fax                                07 3163 8548

Referral categorisation guidelines

Patients who are referred to the clinic are triaged according to the diabetes referral guidelines.

Preparation for transition to an adult health care provider:

There are important principles in the effective transition of young people from paediatric to adult care which include:

  • Our service is one of many available to your patient. All appropriate options for adult diabetes care should be discussed and offered to the young person and family. They should be encouraged to choose the adult diabetes care provider who best meets their needs (this may include geographical location, close to home, work or university, clinic hours, costs, staff available etc).
  • Most young people who will arrive at our service will have begun their transition process many years prior to being transferred to our care. When the young person is transitioned to the Young Adult Diabetes Service we will continue to work with the young person and their family/carer.
  • We recognise that not all components of the transition process may be complete at the time of the transfer and we will work with you to identify and prioritise the elements of the transition. For example, we will follow up on any education which will need to be addressed following the transfer.
  • Please consider delaying the transfer of care if the patient is currently experiencing crisis.
  • To assist in referring your patient, please provide a comprehensive referral for with current contact details such as telephone number, address and email, next of kin and GP. You may also complete and Transition Summary (Queensland Health only) document.

Mater Young Adult Diabetes Health Care Team

Dr Helen Barrett Director of Endocrinology, Endocrinologist
Dr Stephanie Teasdale Endocrinologist
Dr Trisha O'Moore-Sullivan  Endocrinologist
Dr Janelle Nisbet Endocrinologist
Dr Adam Morton Endocrinologist
Dr Tom Dover Endocrinologist
Margaret Vitanza  Clinical Nurse Consultant - Diabetes Educator
Trish Bowden, Marina Noud, Melissa Tait Clinic Nurse - Diabetes Educator
Helen d'Emden, Claire Waugh Dietician Diabetes Educator
Dr Alan Heady Psychologist
Dr Geoff Beames Psychiatrist
Andy Tao Orthoptist


Bulk Billed Clinics

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.

Contact Us

If you would like to discuss a referral, including clinical criteria, or update the status of a current patient please contact our priority GP phone line on 07 3163 2200 

Pre-Referral Guidelines

Content reviewed 05/04/2017


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