Healthier Futures Initiative

Supporting Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Communities

Through Starlight's Healthier Futures Initiative, Captain Starlight visits kids in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Working alongside health professionals throughout communities across the Northern Territory and Western Australia, Captain Starlight entertains kids and performs under the open skies.

Captain Starlight builds trust and sparks lasting relationships between health professionals, kids and the community, easing stress and pressure on healthcare clinics. By engaging with kids through song dance and storytelling, Starlight has helped to boost health clinic attendance. And by enhancing the clinic experience through Captain Starlight’s own brand of fun, community confidence in the healthcare system has increased too.

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"Meeting Captain Starlight in community eases the anxiety and discomfort associated with clinic attendance and can help to develop a better relationship between the child and the healthcare services. The Captain Starlight program also assists in building the capacity of mobile health professional teams by increasing reach and providing support by entertaining the children."

—Physician, NT

About Starlight Children's Foundation

Starlight's mission is to brighten the lives of seriously ill & hospitalised children & young people.

Starlight's hospital and community programs are founded on the principles of positive psychology, where factors such as social connection, play, fun and resilience have been shown to play a vital role in wellbeing both in childhood and for life. Established in 1988 and recognised as an integral part of the Australian paediatric healthcare system. Starlight works in partnership with health professionals as part of the 'total care' of seriously ill children & young people.