A new centre for young adults and adolescents
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Tykara Lang and Erica Castleman spoke to event attendees about their hopes for the new centre at Westmead

A new Centre for Adolescent and Young Adult Health will be a first for Westmead, and is expected to be completed in 2019. The Westmead Redevelopment hosted an event recently, which is part of the planning process. The event discussed progress, asked for feedback, and heard stories from some of the young people involved.

The centre, located within a refurbished area of Westmead Hospital (E2), will be constructed as part of the Westmead Redevelopment. It will be a welcoming place for young people (between the ages of 12 and 24) with complex illnesses, and their families, to seek information and receive treatment as they transition from The Children’s Hospital at Westmead to Westmead Hospital.

Two consumers, Tykara Lang and Erica Castleman, were among the young people to speak at the event. They described their experiences, as patients who have made the transition from paediatric to adolescent care, and emphasised what the centre means to them.

“We have specific needs, specific to adolescents. The fact they are being acknowledged and catered for is important. If a professional knows what you need, it can make you feel more comfortable,” said Tykara.

“Now it’s my time to give back. By being involved, I can see the good that is to come. We are the best possible advocates. I’ve been a patient at Westmead and Randwick.”

Erica said: “for me, being moved from a children’s to adult’s clinical environment was difficult. The new spaces seemed more mature and serious - it was daunting.

“From my experiences, I have learned confidence, including the confidence to speak up about my healthcare and I am involved in projects like this. I can help other young people, now and into the future.”

If you would like more information on the centre, contact us.

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