First Step is a multi-disciplinary, not-for-profit medical clinic in St Kilda that exists to help people to overcome dependence on drugs or alcohol.

We have a reputation for compassion and excellence in service that spans more than 15 years.

Our services are specifically designed to work with people living with addiction and are free (fully funded) to all patients.


First Step's approach

  • Our GP’s have extensive expertise in addiction medicine
  • We support our patients with a suite of services that include psychology, social work, medical, legal and mental health support
  • Recovery is often dependent on stability in the first instance and is more likely to continue when a patient is supported.   Our integrated team strives to provide support in as many areas of recovery as possible to maximise positive outcomes for our patients
  • Addiction is a chronic relapsing condition, however our experience suggests that good communication between health practitioners and between health & justice practitioners often results in much better outcomes for patients, whatever their stage of treatment
First Step's approach

From our Patron Rev. Tim Costello

From our Patron Rev. Tim Costello

 

My involvement with First Step began with the establishment of the clinic in July 2000, as one of the clinic’s founding directors. First Step was created to meet a need for low-cost, effective treatment options, primarily for people using heroin that would assist them to overcome their drug dependence. One person’s drug use can have an extraordinary ripple effect that takes in their immediate family, friends and the broader community.

First Step aims to provide the necessary support and treatment options, accessible to all, that enable those seeking the clinic’s assistance to live a life in all its fullness. In addition to a fervent belief in maintaining affordability. First Step is committed to treating people with the respect and compassion they deserve and working with them in engaging as fulfilled members of the community.