The Young Adults Transition Service provides specialist consultation to adults with congenital disabilities such as Spina Bifida, Hydrocephalus, Down Syndrome and Dwarfism.
The service also addresses the needs that many young adults face in the transitioning from a paediatric service to an adult healthcare service.
The Young Adult Transition Service provides:
- Specialised clinical assessment and intervention
- Regular review to monitor health needs
- Liaison and referral to relevant services
- Sexual health counselling
- Seating and posture assessment
- Support in accessing local community services
- Continence advice
This service is available to anyone over 18 years of age with a congenital disability who requires ongoing monitoring and care with regards to their physical wellbeing.
We accept referrals from any source for this service, including GPs, family, carers, case managers and self-referral.
The Direct Access Unit also welcomes phone enquiries to discuss potential referrals or an existing referral.
Referrals are triaged depending on priority. Emergency cases can present to the Emergency & Trauma Service at any time.
To refer a patient, complete and fax your referral to Direct Access Unit on (03) 8387 2217.
You can use the following forms or a template from your own system.
Referrals should include:
- relevant clinical history for the patient
- list of current medications
- the reason for referral
- patient details including address, date of birth and contact phone numbers
- your provider number
- the name of the consultant (for Medicare clinics)
Consider making referrals for chronic conditions indefinite.
Once a referral has been received, a Care Coordinator will phone the patient to discuss their needs and organise appropriate services. The Care Coordinator will provide the patient with their phone number. Patients are encouraged to contact the Care Coordinator if they have any concerns.