April 27, 2023

Starlight rockets into Northern Health with Planet Starlight launch

Starlight Children’s Foundation (Starlight) has launched Planet Starlight, an innovative and interactive virtual platform designed to deliver engaging, positive distraction for sick kids in every hospital in Australia.

With the launch of Planet Starlight, the organisation can now deliver happiness to even more hospitalised children, especially in Australia’s general and regional hospitals where children’s support services can be limited. Free to register and easily accessible from an internet-enabled device, Planet Starlight features daily, interactive livestreams uniquely shaped by the participation of the kids watching and hosted by Starlight’s superhero of fun, Captain Starlight.

The platform has been rolled out to patients in 19 metro and regional hospitals across Australia since its launch in November, including Northern Hospital Epping, with another 20 nationwide planned by the end of the year.

Northern Health Child and Adolescent Health Unit Associate Nurse Unit Manager, Aleks Dimitrieski, says she and her team are excited to partner with Starlight and bring Planet Starlight to Melbourne’s northern community.

“Innovative digital projects such as Planet Starlight are really important for keeping the children distracted from their, sometimes scary, time in hospital. I’m really looking forward to seeing the positive impact this has on our patients,” she says.

Planet Starlight was first trialed during the COVID-19 pandemic, when some of the most significant restrictions in children’s healthcare required Starlight to come up with innovative ways to deliver essential programs to isolated, hospitalised kids in any way they could. A virtual Starlight program was designed and delivered in a number of hospitals, where evidence confirmed the power of this live, interactive digital platform where kids led the play.

“Starlight is uniquely positioned and excited to launch Planet Starlight with a goal to reach sick kids at every hospital in Australia. Planet Starlight takes Starlight into the virtual world for hospitalised kids in need of happiness and positive distraction. Whenever they need it and wherever they are. Children are digital natives, so it’s no surprise Planet Starlight has really taken off!” said Starlight CEO, Louise Baxter.