FirstStep is a not-for-profit mental health, addiction and legal services hub in St Kilda. We operate a bulk-billing GP and allied health clinic, a pro bono legal service and many other free services to vulnerable Victorians.

First Step is open during normal business hours Monday to Friday 9am until 5pm 

Our Approach

Client Care

At First Step we believe that everybody deserves every chance to turn their lives around. 'Everybody' means: regardless of income read more...


The spirit of working together to achieve great outcomes runs deep at First Step. As individuals, as clinics and as read more...


The overuse of drugs or alcohol is an enormous problem in Australia for which individuals, their friends and family, and read more...


We’re a friendly bunch. Call us 03 9537 3177 or send us a message with a question or enquiry and we’ll get in touch.

Patrick Lawrence

CEO, First Step

9537 3177

FB: @thefirststepprogram


Welcome to Expanding Horizons: A First Step Fundraiser

First Step is a small organisation doing big things.   We support more people on opiate substitution therapy than any other clinic in Australia.  A program that saves lives.

Last year we delivered more than 14,000 consultations looking after around 2650 clients in addition to representing more than 170 people through our fully integrated community legal service.

We offer a unique suite of services that aims to ensure that every person receives every chance to turn their lives around.  We do our best to ensure that these services are provided as cost efficiently and productively as possible. 

We do a lot, but we can’t do it without your help.  Every year we rely on your contributions to keep the doors open and the programs running. 

So, for visiting this page we say an enormous THANK YOU!! But don’t stop now – you will find our easy contributions form over on the right-hand side of this page.   At the end of the process we will send you a tax receipt for your records. 

If you would like further information on the work that we do - please feel free to download our prospectus here. 

Thank you for helping to change lives. 

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.