Transitioning to the future - Paediatric to adult healthcare transition for Canadian youth

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Youth with special health care needs are a growing cohort of individuals entering the adult healthcare system across Canada and this transition can be particularly complex and challenging for youth, family and health care providers.

In 2013, the Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres started a Transition Community of Practice (CoP). The first of its kind in Canada, this national collaborative engages stakeholders involved in the care of transitioning youth with special health care needs (YSHCN), including youth, young adults, families, and health care providers from community, tertiary and rehabilitation, paediatric and adult environments.  Four years after its inception, the CoP has grown in both numbers and breadth of members and in its activities—including the development of a national Transition Clinical Practice Guideline that includes recommendations to enhance and guide the care and health of YSHCN through adolescence into adulthood. 

Join a panel of transition experts from the CoP as they launch the guideline, discuss strategies for sharing and implementation of transition tools, materials and knowledge; and review evaluation models. 

Whether you are an expert or new to the field, this webinar will "transition" you to the future of transitions for Canadian youth with special health care needs. 

 

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Click Here to Download Complete Guideline - A Guideline for Transition From Paediatric to Adult Health Care for Youth with Special Health Care Needs:A National Approach


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Dr. Khush Amaria is a Clinical Psychologist in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children.  

Dr. Amaria completed a two-year specialized clinical-research health psychology, post-doctoral fellowship held at SickKids, followed by a 1-year research associate position in the Chronic Pain Program, Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine. 

In her current role, Dr. Amaria serves as Team Lead for the Good2Go Transition Program and works to build evidence-based practices that support the transition and empowerment of youth through, both their own development, and the health care system. This includes leading Adolescent Medicine’s Transition Clinic—an outpatient program that provides treatment and support to adolescents struggling with transitions issues.  

As a psychologist with competency in treating the clinical and health psychology needs of children, adolescents and adults, Dr. Amaria provides and supervises the provision of evidence-based treatment of psychological and socio-emotional difficulties, while also promoting the role of Good2Go resources and evaluating their impact on patients throughout SickKids.


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Jon Greenaway is a social worker at ErinoakKids, Ontario’s largest children’s treatment centre for children and youth with a variety of disabilities. As a Transitions Consultant for the past 15 years, he has been involved in a number of regional and provincial transition initiatives. His work has included meeting with families and youth to prepare for entry into the adult community, providing workshops focused on transition planning, as well as facilitating a Youth Advisory Committee (YAC), and a father’s support group.

In 2008, Jon received the Community Involvement award from the Ontario Association for Children’s Rehabilitation Services (OACRS), recognizing his work with families, agencies and other OACRS centres. In 2012, Jon sat on the Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health’s Transitions to Adult Healthcare working group. Currently, he is a member of the Community of Practice for the Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres looking at Transitions from Paedatric to Adult Health Care.