Making Strides is an industry leader in providing the latest evidence-based exercise therapy for spinal cord injury and other neurological conditions. 


We are a rehabilitation provider with creative and innovative exercise physiologists, who think outside of the box and have a philosophy of treating the individual not the condition. 


Our goal orientated & functional approach to rehabilitation ensures that our clients reach their optimal level of health and independence while empowering them to challenge their preconceived limits. 


Our state-of-the-art facility is based in Burleigh Heads and provides a supportive environment that encourages social inclusion and community participation through our family friendly atmosphere. 


Making Strides is supported by a multidisciplinary team; delivering collaborative person-centred care and a range of health and wellness support on-site. 




Our Activity Based Therapy (ABT) programming is based on the joint clinical and functional goals set between the client and their Exercise Physiologist during the initial evaluation.


ABT encompasses a range of modalities including: Locomotor training; Load bearing; Functional Electrical Stimulation therapy; Resistance training and Aerobic fitness.  

FES cycling sessions combine electrical stimulation on specific muscles in the lower or upper body to initiate or strengthen the cycling pattern of the arms or legs. Session duration is between 30 and 60 minutes and can be completed either as a stand alone or before/after an exercise physiology session. Current research suggests the optimal dose response is achieved completing  FES cycling three times weekly. 

Hydrotherapy sessions are offered off-site at the Palm Beach Aquatic Pool by our accredited exercise physiologists.   

Making Strides is the Australian distributor of the ReWalk exoskeleton with both personal and clinical units available for purchase. Our centre is the only certified training centre in Queensland. ReWalk sessions are 90 minutes in duration with approximately 60 minutes of activity in the device. The ReWalk offers clients a form of passive gait training in a wearable exoskeleton.  

ReWalk sessions are a great opportunity to get upright and walk while achieving a number of great health benefits. Some include:

  • Improved bladder and bowel function

  • Decreased body fat

  • Decreased pain

  • Improved mental health

Our group training is designed to focus on cardiovascular fitness and muscular endurance.


Sessions are conducted by one of our Exercise Physiologists, running for one-hour with up to four clients of a similar function. Each session encompasses a variety of modalities, designed to be fast-paced and interactive.

Group training is currently offered on Monday, Friday and Saturday. 

Remedial massage appointments are one hour in length and are available every Tuesday and Friday with our remedial massage therapist Ellie Hulme.


Appointments can be made online or directly with Making Strides. 

Holistic Nursing Solutions treatment rooms are located at Making Strides. Amy Darvall is one of Australia's leading community nurses within the disability and rehabilitation sector. With a degree in wound care and a special ability to think outside the box; Amy and her team provide client centred care by empowering our clients to prevent complications in the community. 

Nursing services provided include: wound care, catheter changes, bladder & bowel care and Peristeen training. HNS can also offer more specialised services including: case management (iCare approved), continence assessment and prescription, medicolegal, occupational therapy, podiatry, NDIS planning and sex & fertility clinics. 

Making Strides is supported by a multidisciplinary team; delivering allied health support on-site. 


Sabina Rico from Restore Function Physiotherapy is an experienced physiotherapist with a passion for neurological physiotherapy. Her areas of expertise include spinal cord injury assessment & management, ABI assessment & management as well as progressive and congenital neurological conditions. Sabina is available for appointments at Making Strides every Wednesday.

Darren Pereira from Neuromuscular Orthotics in Melbourne makes regular monthly visits to Making Strides where he conducts orthotic assessments, diagnostic testing, advanced gait analysis and can prescribe & fit orthoses onsite. 



Activity Based Therapy
Activity Based Therapy
Activity Based Therapy
Activity Based Therapy



Our team consists of Accredited Exercise Physiologists and Human Movement specialists; all with university degrees. Our exercise physiologists have completed four years of tertiary education specialising in exercise therapy for a range of populations including neurological conditions. 

Our trainers engage in ongoing professional development to maintain their accreditation with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). They also undergo weekly in-service training to remain up to date with the latest techniques in exercise therapy for the rehabilitation of neurological conditions.

Making Strides maintains relationships with multiple universities including; Griffith University, University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, University of Sunshine Coast and Southern Cross University. Making Strides lead trainers host and mentor over 2000 hours of student clinical placements each year. 





2/7 Dover Drive Burleigh Heads Q 4220

07 5520 0036

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