TNS Goes Beyond Recovery

The Next Step’s Purposeful Rebrand Paves the Way to Wellness.

Originally known as The Next Step Spinal Cord Injury Recovery, the centre was established by Rhiannon Tracey in 2012. It emerged from both Rhiannon’s personal lived experience as well as the evident shortage of recovery options available to her and the spinal cord injury community. Notably, it remains the only recovery facility in Australia founded and operated by someone living with a spinal cord injury.

Now rebranded to “The Next Step SCI Recovery and Wellness Centre,” the facility has evolved significantly over the past decade, which is why rebranding was important.

We changed our name from “The Next Step Spinal Cord Injury Recovery” to “The Next Step SCI Recovery and Wellness Centre” on purpose. We dropped “injury” from our name because we know that some people may have their condition for a long time without fully recovering. Our new name shows that we care about more than just fixing the injury – we’re all about your overall wellness.

We understand that not everyone can fully recover, but we believe everyone has the chance to live well despite their condition. Our focus is on helping you live a good life, even if your recovery is a journey, not a destination. By calling ourselves a “Wellness Centre,” we want to make it clear that we’re here to support you in feeling good, not just physically, but also mentally and emotionally. At The Next Step, we’re dedicated to helping you live a strong, joyful life, focusing on your well-being even if a full recovery isn’t in the cards.

Over the last 10 years of operating the facility has expanded in both knowledge and research.

The team have a remarkable understanding of the benefits of exercise and being up to date with the latest research and recovery techniques allows us to offer a comprehensive array of modalities that promote optimal health, wellness, and performance in everyday life.

As an industry leader in treating a diverse range of medical conditions, including but not limited to, Spinal Cord Injury, Stroke, Spina Bifida, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Traumatic Brain Injury, Musculoskeletal/Joint Injury Rehabilitation, Chronic Pain, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Weight Loss, Behavioural Change, and Diabetes TNS is proud to be an all-inclusive centre.

Embracing the philosophy that even the smallest step can lead to significant life changes, at The Next Step, we view our clients as athletes on their recovery journey. Unlike the conventional view of disability, we acknowledge our athletes for their capacity for growth and progress regardless of condition or prognosis.

Recovery and wellness looks different for everyone, so we want to work with all individuals to create an accessible exercise program that is not only functional, but fun. We aim to encourage individuals to feeling like they don’t feel like they have to exercise, but want to.

At The Next Step, the emphasis goes beyond immediate recovery. It’s about empowering athletes to work toward achievable goals as long-term outcomes, holistically mind-body-soul. Through a combination of evidence-based recovery models, the latest therapeutic options, and a deep understanding of the physical and psychological aspects of spinal cord injury (SCI) and neurological conditions, The Next Step offers a lifeline to those seeking not just survival but a thriving life beyond their injury.

We provide a comprehensive support system, guided by expertise and fuelled by compassion, empowering our athletes (clients) to navigate the challenges of their condition and forge a path toward a brighter and more independent future.


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At The Next Step Recovery and Wellness Centre in Melbourne, our mission is to provide tailored programs and services for athletes recovering from spinal cord injuries and neurological conditions. Our Athlete Scholarship Program secures generous funding for athletes without financial support.