Diabetes affects approximately one in 700 young people in Australia. Adolescents with diabetes struggle with glycaemic control which is exacerbated during the transition from paediatric to adult centred care.
The Australian National Diabetes Strategy 2016 – 2020 identified strengthening and expanding programmes which assist young people with diabetes to adult care services as an area for action. Successful transition to adult diabetes services and care is crucial in terms of both immediate outcomes (such as better glycaemic control) but also-longer term concerns such as diabetes related complications and mortality, reduced economic burden on the health system and increase productivity.
Clinicians, consumers and other relevant stakeholders will be consulted to co-design processes, tools and materials when developing a transition model of care.