What is the AYAN?

The Australian Youth Advisory Network (AYAN) is St John Ambulance Australia’s primary body for communicating and consulting with young members aged 12 to 26 years, and representing their views.

We aim to communicate and consult with young people nationally and understand their point of view.
We aim to represent young peoples’ views to decision makers in St John nationally.
We aim to help St John to achieve its organisational goal of making first aid a part of everybody’s life.


By connecting with young people, the AYAN can gain insight into how to promote a first aid culture in Australia and generate innovative ideas to contribute to a vibrant and sustainable organisation. Young people have a great deal to offer organisations like St John and we want to share their ideas, innovation and feedback with decision makers.

Who is AYAN for?

AYAN is for all young people. Whether you are an adult member, paramedic, other paid staff member or involved in the cadet or youth movement, we want to hear from you!

Policy Positions

From time to time the Australian Youth Advisory Network prepares relevant and pertinent policy positions to our organisational stakeholders on a range of issues of importance to our young people.

Here are our current policy positions.

Youth Participation

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The Team

Matt Orton
Team Leader


Matt joined St John in 2008 and has been heavily involved with the youth movement ever since. When not volunteering with St John, he is an Allied Health Assistant at Goulburn Health Services, at the gym or out taking some photos. He is also a massive fan of Grey’s Anatomy!

Michael Andrews
Marketing, Communications & Events Coordinator


Michael joined St John in the UK in 2005, before moving to Australia in 2012. Michael’s held various roles at different levels but what he loves most is working with young people. Extremely passionate about engaging and developing young people, Michael wants to influence them so they can shape the future of the organsiation. When not volunteering, he’s studying Paramedic Science.

Daniel Lightowler
Research Coordinator


Daniel is the Research Coordinator for the Australian Youth Advisory Network. Originating from WA, where he currently holds the Position of Volunteer Training Manager to Rockingham, has been a member of St John for 12 years. In his professional life he is a Registered Nurse and works as a Specialist Nurse in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases at St John of God Hospital Subiaco. Daniel also holds a research position at the University of Western Australia within the Medical School. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Nursing and a Masters in Health Professions Education, with a thesis focusing on Interprofessional learning. Daniel has recently been appointed the WA State Representative to the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Nurses Australia Steering Committee and has held the position of Secretary to the Society of Urological Nurses WA.

Eliza Geraghty
Ambassador Program Coordinator


More info about Eliza coming soon!

Thomas Sugget
Advocacy & Engagement Coordinator


More info about Thomas coming soon!

Hailee Watkin-Blaser


More info about Hailee coming soon!

Volunteer Career Opportunities

Thank you for viewing the part of our site. Unfortunately, AYAN is currently not recruiting, however, please do reach out to us at hello@ayan.org.au to chat with our team about other opportunities.