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Livewire is for young people aged 12-20 years living in Australia or New Zealand with a serious illness, chronic health condition or disability, and their siblings, to connect, socialise, have fun and creatively express themselves.

It’s a safe online community that is moderated by Chat Hosts who promote positive distraction and peer to peer connection.

Livewire is run by Starlight, who have been brightening the lives of seriously ill and hospitalized children, teens and their families since 1988.

Vision and mission

Starlight knows that happiness matters to sick kids facing the pain, fear and stress of serious illness.

That's why for over 30 years they have worked in partnership with health professionals to bring the fun, joy and laughter that helps sick kids be kids.

They help kids of all ages regardless of disability, injury or illness because what happens in childhood lasts a lifetime.

They believe in happiness because it matters to sick kids’ health.

How Livewire can help

Whether you’re home or in hospital, you can make friends, share stories, laugh, have a vent, and be yourself. Their moderated chat is live 12pm-12am every day, plus live streaming, games, videos, comps and more.


  • Call AU: 1300 727 827 or NZ: 0800 000 680 Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm (AEST)
  • Email:
  • Instagram @starlight_livewire to see what’s on

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Last reviewed: December 2021

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