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What is Start?

START short for Salvo,Treatment, Assessment, Recovery, Therapeutic. is literally the starting point for people seeking help.

Start Community offers assistance to people with addictive behaviours, including drugs, alcohol and gambling, within and around South East Melbourne specifically and broader Melbourne generally. It is a distinctive program for the treatment of people with alcohol and other drug problems, and believes in a holistic approach to recovery.

The combination of individual counselling, groups, spiritual awareness, life skills training and staff role modeling are designed to encourage the participant to make significant life changing decisions. The program operates under a Harm Minimisation framework whilst recognizing that for some participants the program is directed towards total abstinence. The program includes individual counselling and personal development, group therapy, environmental care and recreation activities.

Our Values

Recognising that God is always at work in the world we value:

  • Human Dignity
  • Justice
  • Hope
  • Compassion
  • Community

How to get to us.

From Berwick Station;

Take the Bus 834 - from Berwick Station and exit at Parkhill Shopping complex. 

From Narre Warren Station;

Take Bus 835 from Narre Warren Station and exit at Parkhill Shopping complex. 

From Fountain Gate shopping Centre

Take Bus 835 from Fountain Gate Shopping Centre  and exit at Parkhill Shopping complex.


13CAB (13222)

Where to Find US

Berwick Corp

Cnr Parkhill Drive & Ernst Wanke Road Berwick VIC 3806

Phone : (03) 9704 1940

Mobile : 0437 951 545

Email: Startberwickvic@aus.salvationarmy.org


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