On Call Innovation Conversation

Improving Transitions from Child to Adult Care

On Demand
Un service d'interprétation simultanée en français sera offert pour cette séance.



Did you know?

  • Youth with special healthcare needs can face significant barriers when it comes to successfully transitioning from pediatric to adult health services.
  • Patients often have poor clinical outcomes after transferring care to adult health services.

Consider this …

Young people who are making the transition from pediatric to adult care – usually around the age of 18 – experience challenges and gaps in care and service for a number of reasons. For example, many youth make the transition without adequate support or preparation for a new and different healthcare system. Often, adult providers are not equipped to treat young adults with childhood onset conditions.

Healthcare providers across the country are advancing innovations that aim to improve transition outcomes using new innovative service models. Recent recommendations from a national community of practice aim to provide tools and resources to ease the transition at the clinical level and prompt change at the system level for both pediatric and adult healthcare providers.

Be part of the conversation!

This interactive On Call session will discuss newly available practice recommendations for improving transitions from pediatric to adult healthcare and share the experiences of Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and Alberta Health Services in improving this transition.

Join us to learn:

  • About the practice recommendations recently published by the Canadian Association for Pediatric Health Centres (CAPHC).
  • How healthcare providers are working to improve transition from pediatric to adult services through the implementation of collaborative processes, tools, and resources.
  • Ways in which you can improve or incorporate better transition planning for your patient population


Khush Amaria PhotoKhush Amaria, PhD, C.Psych, is a clinical and health psychologist in the Department of Psychology and Division of Adolescent Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). In her current role, Dr. Amaria serves as team lead for the Good 2 Go Transition Program and works to share evidence-based practices that support the transition and empowerment of all youth with special health care needs. This includes leading SickKids’ Good 2 Go Transition Clinic—an outpatient program that provides treatment and support to any adolescent with special health care needs or chronic health conditions struggling with transitions issues. Dr. Amaria’s research interests include evaluating the impact of currently available transitions resources and the development of new and innovative transition interventions.

Chantal Krantz PhotoChantal Krantz is Manager of Connected Care at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and oversees the transition to adult care program. She has been working at CHEO for the past 23 years and has more than 15 years of experience building partnerships and managing programs that coordinate access to care for the medically fragile and vulnerable pediatric population. Mrs. Krantz is most passionate about using an integrated system of care, team work, and client engagement/consultation to resolve complex problems. She has been a contributing member of the Canadian Association of Pediatric Health Care’s Community of Practice for Transition to Adult


Deborah Thul PhotoDeborah Thul, BSW, RSW is a social worker who coordinates the Well on Your Way Youth in Transition program at the Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary. She has been working in the area of adolescent transition for the past 9 years, assisting ambulatory clinics at the Alberta Children’s Hospital to develop adolescent transition programs that focus on patient readiness using a family-centered care approach. Her work also involves developing community partnerships, addressing system barriers and gaps, and assisting medically complex patients and their families with the transfer to adult care.



Jennifer Major, Senior Improvement Lead, CFHI