First Step is a ground-breaking organisation. Not only are we at the forefront of clinical developments but we are also active in the community. We advocate for a progressive approach to drug policy and to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and addiction whilst also collaborating with federal, state and local governments to implement current treatment programs.
First Step is in a unique position and has a unique voice because we are... unique. First Step Legal is the only co-located, full-integrated legal service within a health organisation in the entire country. Our GPs run the largest opiate substitution therapy clinic (methadone, buprenborphine, suboxone) in all of Victoria. Our large client load of over 2500 people, our social justice approach to low-threshold primary care (no cost, no referral, no catchment) and our extraordinary combination of medical, clinical, legal and other services make First Step a power for good in the community. It’s often been said that First Step punches above its weight.
First Step’s work can be broken down into three main areas: Client Care, Collaboration and Integration.