First Step’s dedicated team offers:
Medical assessment and a range of medical interventions
Mental health nursing
Hepatitis C treatment programs
Equally important complimentary services:
The Second Step Program
The First Step Legal Service
It is the coordinated combination of these services that makes the First Step model powerfully effective.
From our Patron, Rev Tim Costello
My involvement with the First Step Program 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. To improve the lives of people with a drug dependence and those around them the First Step was designed to combine traditional harm minimisation treatments with effective and innovative newer treatments.
At my current workplace, World Vision Australia, our vision is for every child to live life in all its fullness. The First Step Program similarly 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 all people with the respect and compassion they deserve, and working with them in engaging as fulfilled members of the community.