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Expert on Workplace Inclusivity & Resilience Coach


While many may let a life-changing injury hold them back from living their dreams, Rhiannon Tracey has used it as further motivation to create a life she loves, helping and inspiring thousands along the way.

In 2009, a spinal cord injury changed Rhiannon’s world instantly. After a diving accident in Bali at the age of 20, Rhiannon was diagnosed as a C-5 quadriplegic and told she would never walk again.

But she’s not one to take “no” for an answer. Rhiannon Tracey has since founded The Next Step, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing the best recovery, and rehabilitation options in Australia. They work to help those living with SCI (spinal cord injuries) and other neurological disorders to achieve their goals and educate them on what’s possible.

Already doing more in her 31 years than many hope to achieve in a lifetime, Rhiannon Tracey gives her audience a wide range of education around inclusion, access, and disability etiquette. As she was an able-bodied person for 21 years of her life, she has lived on both sides, understanding the perspective of those with and without disability. She will change your perspective on life, like she has with countless others.

Talking Points

Overcoming Adversity

After sustaining a spinal cord injury and becoming a quadriplegic, Rhiannon shares her journey of adaption to a new normal, while being forced to accept her impairments.

Give up, or give it all you’ve got

Rhiannon’s ability to turn a negative situation into a positive outcome saw her creating Australia’s first NFP Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Centre as her new life began to serve a purpose, one that would create hope and be forced to break down barriers within the disability community.

Taking (BACK) control

While sharing her journey with holistic medicine, Rhiannon educates her audience in the understanding of why it is important to not let your mind, or the views of anyone else control your body.

Resilience is POWER

Rhiannon believes that there is no challenge we have faced in our lives that hasn’t made us a stronger version of ourselves, therefore she shares her public marriage breakdown experience and the emotional trauma that saw her ALMOST lose her strength.

From CEO to Runway Model

When life throw you wheels, you pump up those tires and move forward!

Rhiannon’s tenacious personality as well as her smile is contagious, therefor it was only a matter of time before it got noticed by some of the world’s leading brands such as Levi’s who collaborated with her in re-marketing their brand with a focus on disability inclusion.

This is all Temporary

Rhiannon reminds her audience that every situation is temporary, including the life we are living which is why it is vital to have dreams, or we are simply giving up on ourselves.
She shares 5 insightful tips (take-aways) that she has implemented into her life to ensure she lives the best one possible.

How to be an Ally to the Disability Community

Rhiannon provides her audience with educational tips and knowledge around Disability Diversity, Access & Inclusion with a focus on how to create a more inclusive world together.
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