• Cooking With Kristen - Vegetarian (Bean) Wraps

    Kristen Papathanasiou is our Accredited Practising Dietitian and an Accredited Sports Dietitian.

    Vegetarian (Bean) Wraps

    Eating less meat is not only good for the environment, it does wonders for your health too!

    A diet high in meat, especially processed meats (beef, pork, sausages, cold meats) has been shown to increase the risk of obesity, heart disease, and some cancers.

    To keep your health in check, and keep cholesterol levels down, aim for at least one meat-free meal a week by swapping fatty proteins for nutritious plant based alternatives like legumes, tofu or vegetables.

    Try my meat-free burger patties.

    Just 1 of these wraps provides you with over half your daily fibre requirement and 4 serves of vegetables (you should aim for 5+ serves a day)!

    Beans are a good alternative to meat as they are low in fat, high in protein, and a good source of iron.


    Bean Patties

    • 2x 400g can of four bean mix
    • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
    • 1 egg
    • handful of parsley, chopped
    • 1 clove garlic, grated
    • 1 tsp cumin

    Grilled Vegetables

    • zuchinni
    • capsicum
    • eggplant

    To Serve

    • hummus
    • tzatziki
    • rocket
    • wholegrain pita wraps/tortillas/rolls


    1. Pre-heat oven to 180C, fan forced grill. Coat sliced veg with olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and grill for about 5 minutes either side, or until slightly charred.
    2. Mash beans in a large mixing bowl. Add egg, breadcrumbs, garlic, parsley, and cumin, and mix. Season with salt and pepper.
    3. Form into balls and flatten into patties. Make sure the patties aren't too flat as they will collapse in the pan.
    4. As the beans are already cooked they won't take long. Cook for about 3 minutes either side or until golden.
    5. Serve on a wholegrain wrap with grilled veg, hoummus and/or tzatziki, and rocket. Top with chilli sauce (optional).

    Serves 4

  • Dr David Bolzonello appointed Melbourne Football Club Senior Doctor

    Unfortunately we are no longer offering our Sport & Exercise Physician Service at Warringal Medical Centre.

    Why you ask?

    Because Dr David Bolzonello will now be spending his Monday mornings with the players at the Melbourne Football Club where he's been appointed as a Senior Club Doctor!

    But don't worry - appointments are still available with him at our Clinic on Mondays (pm), Tuesdays (pm), alternate Thursdays (pm) and Fridays.





  • Part-time Podiatry position at Alphington Sports Medicine Clinic

    We're looking for a part-time Podiatrist to join our team in 2018.

    Strong experience in managing sports injuries, undertaking biomechanical assessment and orthotic prescription and nail surgery will be required.

    The sessions will require evening work over two days.

    For further enquires or to submit you application please contact Dr Gaylene McKay, Managing Director at gaylene@alphingtonsportsmed.com.au.

    Applications will close on 24th December 2017.

  • Things you may not know about Exercise Physiology

    Accredited Exercise Physiologists may seem relatively new on the Allied Health scene, but they've been around for a while now. Whilst the profession is becoming more familiar, there is still a lot that people aren't aware of.

    So here's a few things that you may not know about what an Exercise Physiologists can offer.

    1. Mental Health: Exercise has been shown to be a highly effective treatment in the management of Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and Psychosis, and there is a growing role for Exercise Physiologists in the Mental Health Sector. We work with clients to support them through lifestyle and behaviour change, providing exercise programs that assist with stress management, mood and counteracting some of the side effects that are common with many of the medications required to treat these conditions.
    2. Cancer: There has been much research on the impact of exercise in the prevention, treatment and recovery from common cancers such as Breast, Bowel and Prostate cancer, with emerging evidence in many other forms of cancer as well. Recently there was a launch for ExMed Cancer in Melbourne where Exercise is recommended as part of standard care in treating cancer, with sites across Victoria dedicated to the provision of Exercise Physiology services in cancer management. 
    3. Chronic Disease Management: Exercise has been shown to be an important part of treatment and prevention for almost all non-communicable health conditions including but not limited to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and metabolic syndrome. Exercise Physiologists are skilled in the assessment and prescription of targeted exercise programs to assist people to move more, move better, and improve their risk profile for chronic disease.
    4. Athletic Development: Just like many of our Physiotherapists here at Alphington Sports Medicine Clinic, our Exercise Physiologist also works with athletes in injury prevention, rehabilitation and conditioning. Recently she went to Sydney for a UFC event supporting her client Jake "The Celtic Kid" Matthews. This was for his return bout following 12 months of rehabilitation after two hip surgeries.
    5. Pre-surgery conditioning: Whether clients require support to decrease their weight, improve their fitness, or to build up strength and mobility prior to surgery, Exercise Physiologists work to maximise a clients' health and fitness to support them to better cope with their pre-planned surgeries such as joint replacement, ligament repair or other medical procedures.

    Exercise Physiologists work with the whole person, taking in to account their injury and health history, psychosocial needs and physical, mental and emotional health, to support them to maximise their health outcomes. They can work collaboratively with other health practitioners such as physiotherapists, dietitians and psychologists, or independently.

    Rebecca Hallam is Alphington Sports Medicine Clinic's Accredited Exercise Physiologist - to read her full bio and availability click here.

    Call us on 9841 5744 to make an appointment with her.



  • 50% off ViMove Assessments during December

    At Alphington Sports Medicine Clinic we understand that your pain and movement is as unique as your fingerprint, and have therefore embraced cutting edge clinical technology - ViMove.

    ViMove, developed by DorsaVi, uses wireless sensor technology to measure movement and muscle activity of the lower back and legs. This allows our Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Rebecca Hallam, to obtain a better understanding of the unique features of your movements and postures that may be contribute to injuries, pain, or performance issues.

    Using this device she can:

    • help you manage a range of issues including back & knee pain and running related injuries
    • assess running styles & body movement in order to enhance technique & performance for a range of athletes.

    Discrete, easy to fit sensors are placed on your body and record movement both in and away from the clinic. This allows them to see how your body responds to daily activities and exercise to pinpoint potential areas of concern.

    Call us on 9481 5744 to make an appointment, mention this article and receive 50% off!



  • Cooking With Kristen - Chicken Larb with Asian Greens

    Kristen Papathanasiou is our Accredited Practising Dietitian and an Accredited Sports Dietitian.

    Chicken Larb with Asian Greens

    If you're looking for a quick and easy recipe look no further. This take on the classic Thai dish takes less then 10 minutes to cook and is the perfect balance of lean protein, energy boosting carbs, and nutrient rich greens.


    • 1 Tb fresh ginger, roughly chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 1 lemon grass stem, finely chopped
    • 1-2 chillies, chopped
    • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
    • 600g chicken/pork mince
    • 2 bunches of chinese broccoli (gai lan), roughly chopped
    • 3 Tb fresh lime juice
    • 1½ Tb fish sauce
    • 1 tsp brown sugar


    1. Heat a Tb of oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add ginger, garlic, chilli and lemongrass and fry off for one minute. 
    2. Add chicken or pork mince and cook for about five minutes or until meat is cooked.
    3. Heat through the chinese broccoli and onion. Any green veg would work well here i.e. broccolini, green beans, bok choy.
    4. Stir in the mixture of the lime juice, fish sauce, and brown sugar.
    5. Top with fresh mint and crushed peanuts. Serve with jasmine or brown rice.

    Serves 4-5


  • Welcome Back Darren Austin

    We've welcomed Physiotherapist Darren Austin back to the Alphington Sports Medicine Clinic team!

    He's returned to us after being on tour with the Volleyball Team Australia Men Volleyroos as Head Physiotherapist and working in the U.K. as well as taking some time off to travel.

    Check out his bio and availability at: http://www.alphingtonsportsmed.com.au/practitioners#darren-austin

    And call us on 03 9481 5744 to make an appointment.


    Issue 2 of THE ALPHINGTON HUDDLE, our quarterly eNewsletter, is out now.

    It's our way of keeping you up to date with what's going on at / with our clinic and practitioners as well as providing you with useful and interesting information.

    Check out the Spring 2017 issue here - Happy reading everyone!

    Subscribe to our mailing list to receive future issues.

  • Weekend Walk-In Injury Clinic Open Until Sunday 17 September

    The 2017 winter sporting season is coming to an end and so is our Weekend Walk-In Injury Clinic at Warringal Private Hospital.

    If you're injured this weekend or next and require medical assistance but don't need to go to an emergency department you can still drop in.

    Warringal Private Hospital Day Surgery

    Suite 13 - Level 3, 216 Burgundy Street, Heidelberg.

    12 - 6pm Saturday and Sunday.

    Injuries are assessed by a Physiotherapist with X-Ray and plastering services also available.

    Want to know more? Check out these helpful FAQs.


    After Sunday 17 September, we can still help, but patients will need to call 9841 5744 to make a regular appointment at Alphington Sports Medicine Clinic or Alphington Exercise + Rehabilitation Centre.

    We are open 8am-8pm weekdays as well as Saturday and Sunday mornings.


    Please Note: Our Monday morning consultations with a Sport and Exercise Physician at Warringal will be continuing.

    Monday 9am - 12pm

    Warringal Medical Centre OSM

    Suite 10 - Lv 3, 214 Burgundy Street, Heidelberg

    Phone: 03 9481 5744 to make an appointment.


  • Cooking with Kristen - Homemade Kebabs

    Kristen Papathanasiou is our Accredited Practising Dietitian and an Accredited Sports Dietitian.

    Easy Homemade Kebabs with Spring Salad

    Healthy and kebab are words we don't offer hear in the same sentence. But these fresh, veggie packed wraps are the perfect healthy alternative to the much loved greasy weekend kebab.

    My top tip: add grated zucchini to the lamb mixture. It's a great way to sneak in extra vegetables plus it helps to keep the meat juicy!


    Kofta (lamb meatballs)makes about 10 small patties

    • 1kg lamb mince
    • 2 zucchinis, grated
    • 2 onions, finely diced
    • 2 cloves garlic, grated
    • 2 tsp ground cumin
    • Salt & pepper to taste


    • 1x large Lebanese cucumber, sliced
    • 3x small radish, sliced
    • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
    • Handful of fresh mint, roughly torn
    • Juice of 1 small lemon


    1. Combine kofta ingredients into large mixing bowl.
    2. Form small, sausage like patties and set aside in fridge to cool whilst making the salad.
    3. Heat olive oil in a large grill pan over a high heat (could also use a BBQ).
    4. Cook kofta for about 8-12 minutes, turning once each side is browned.
    5. Serve with salad, pita bread, and top with hummus or greek yoghurt!