First Step is unique in Australia, possibly the world, as a wrap-around addiction and mental health outpatient clinic with a fully integrated legal service. Over 17 years we have built a reputation for compassion and excellence in clinical care with wrap-around services that focus on the physical, mental and social well-being of our patients. Our work also extends beyond the four walls of our St Kilda clinic to our partnerships with other respected medical institutions and our work in the community at large.
At First Step we strive to be highly accessible, with services provided free of charge in the heart of St Kilda. We specialise not only in supporting people with a dependence on drugs or alcohol, but also their families and the wider community.
The First Step family includes GPs, hepatitis C specialists, mental health nurses, drug and alcohol workers, psychologists, care coordinators, caseworkers, educators and psychiatrists. Many of our clients have complex histories including out of home care, early school leaving, abuse and neglect.