ADA at Oxygen Youth Space

May 30, 2022

Matthew Simons

ADA Australia’s facilitation team recently visited the Oxygen Youth Space at Moreland City Council, to provide training and education for their team of youth workers. Our lead facilitator was given a warm reception by the Moreland team, who were champing at the bit to add to their already extensive knowledge in the field.

The day provided a great opportunity to collaborate with the Moreland youth workers. It was a privilege to provide some words of wisdom to help their team with some of the common concerns they may face while working in the youth sector.

The bespoke program for Moreland City Council included ADA Australia’s core training around drugs, alcohol and mental health. With additional content on the dangers of prescription/legal drugs, vaping, current trends around youth drug use, tips on how to help someone who is having a panic attack, and much more.

The workers were highly engaged throughout the presentation, shown by their questions and the following excerpt: a feedback note from one of the attendees.

“Hearing about (the facilitator’s) lived experience was incredible and being able to gain personal insight into the decision making that led to drug use and how quickly situations can change. I feel really privileged to have heard (the presenter’s) story and gotten the opportunity to learn from it. And want to acknowledge how generous (the facilitator) is to allow others the opportunity to hear and learn from this experience.”

This is why we do what we do. We have a passion to change the culture around substance-use and mental illness. It requires education and support, which we know the Moreland youth workers will pass on to all who walk through the doors of the Oxygen Youth Space.

If you’d like to learn more about a bespoke program for your organisation, or any of the other training programs we offer, please call ADA Australia on 1300 378 429 or email:

If this information raised any concerns for you, please do speak to your GP, they can help you back to good health, or call a helpline: LIFELINE 13 11 14 or BeyondBlue 1300 22 4636.

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Matthew Simons