Students have their say on transition to adult health services

Five students seated at a desk with two women standing behind
Paediatric Nurse Unit Manager Lynda Deacon and Clinical Nurse Specialist Jain Sebastian with Willetton Senior High School students Taneika McCarroll, Nishta Muthukumar and Melissa Bywaters
September 13, 2016

The Fiona Stanley Hospital Paediatric Unit has sought the help of local high school students to help ensure its Transitioning Care Service Project is serving young people as well as possible.

Paediatric Nurse Unit Manager Lynda Deacon said the project aims to support adolescent patients with chronic illnesses to transition to adult services where appropriate.

“The idea is to help older teenagers to move to adult services in a supported way to ensure they are engaged and learning to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing,” Lynda said.

A group of students from Willetton Senior High School were invited for a ward tour on 29 August, during which they learned about the different services provided by the hospital and completed a short survey.

“The students were asked how they would like to be communicated with, how they would like to provide information and in what format,” Lynda said.

“This feedback will help us develop an adolescent-specific feedback form and communicate with young people nearing adulthood in a way that makes sense to them.

“We will now look to develop the necessary tools, perhaps seeking feedback from more schools in the local area.”