Starship Diabetes Adolescent Transition Programme and Clinics
The Adolescent Diabetes Clinics run on Monday and Tuesday mornings at Greenlane Clinical Centre, once a month on Fridays at Botany Super Clinic and once a month on Tuesdays at the Whanau Health Centre in Henderson.
Starship Diabetes Adolescent Transition Programme aims
- Identifying local young adult services that provide specialist care for young adults with diabetes in Auckland
- To treat young people with dignity and respect
- Development of clear, documented plans for transition
- Communication between all services involved in the care of each young person
- To provide age appropriate health and lifestyle education in a supportive non-threatening environment
- Ensuring that there is no gap in care between leaving paediatric services and entering young adult services
- Maintaining a registry of all young people transferring from paediatric to young adult diabetes services that includes information relating to clinic appointments and health measurements (for example HbA1c) for a period of 5 years following transfer of care.
Our greatest concern as health professionals is that adolescents may become lost in the process and cease regular attendance with specialised services. This is likely to be associated with increased risk of acute and long-term complications of diabetes
All families are scheduled a formal consultation with one of the nurses at the first appointment within the Adolescent Transition Clinic. At this time, families are issued with a Diabetes Adolescent Starter pack. This pack outlines what families can expect within the Diabetes Adolescent Transition Programme.
Adolescent Transition clinic aims
- The opportunity for young people to be seen on their own for some of the consultation.
- The opportunity for care-givers/parent(s) to meet with team members (Nurse Specialist/medical staff/Dietitian) separately to the main consultation if there are issues of concern
- Provision of age appropriate resources relating to being young with diabetes (for example alcohol, drugs, driving, complications screening, sexual health etc)
- Information regarding Young Adult Diabetes Services
- The opportunity to link with members of the Centre for Youth Health team wherever youth health issues of concern are present.
- The opportunity to meet with the Dietitian for dietary support. All young people are asked to complete a nutrition knowledge survey on their entry to the adolescent clinic. Additional dietary support appointments (for sports plans, weight management, general nutrition during puberty etc) can be arranged wherever required either in the Diabetes Centre or at scheduled clinic appointments.
- The opportunity for support around psychologicalhealth in adolescence. A Clinical Psychologist is available for additional support wherever required. She works closely with the diabetes clinical team. Sessions wih the Psychologist are scheduled separately from the Adolescent Clinic and can range from one-off sessions to extended periods of interaction.
More From Starship
Link to the ADHB website for information on adult health services
Information, videos and factsheets on managing diabetes from the Starship Diabetes Team