• Gordon Pritchard - Melbourne Renegades WBBL Physio

    Now that the Rebel Women's Big Bash League season has come to an end, we found time to sit down with Alphington Sports Medicine Clinic (ASMC) Physiotherapist Gordon Pritchard to chat about his involvement.

    How did you become involved with the WBBL & Melbourne Renegades?

    I had been working with Cricket Victoria's female pathway program which feeds the U18 state side. Then the WBBL was created and a number of our U18 girls were signed by the Renegades, so I was lucky enough to move over to the Renegades as well.

    What do you find most enjoyable?

    By far the banter amongst the girls and other staff. We have such a great group of people involved. I also love the challenge of ensuring there are 11 fit players for each game. We play a lot of games, often on back to back days, so it can be a big challenge ensuring the coach has the players available to be selected.

    What did you find the most challenging?

    Being able to manage the different competing interests that make up a squad. Some of our players play for Australia or other countries or other states, some play AFLW, and all of them play club cricket through the WBBL. So it is a challenge to ensure that we are managing our players in the best way to ensure they are fit for Renegades but also for national representation or AFLW that may be coming up.

    How does this differ from other sports you are involved in / athletes you have worked with?

    Cricket can be interesting as it has clear disciplines within the game. So an injury may affect an aspect of a player's game, but maybe not their main discipline (ie batting) for which they are being picked for. So you are often managing a number of injuries that may not necessarily stop a player from being picked, but can still have an impact on their overall comfort which can then potentially affect performance. So there is a fine balance between what is acceptable when managing a particular injury

    How do you feel this experience helps you in treating your patients at ASMC?

    Being involved in a sport that has many competing interests and having to problem solve around these very much fits in with what happens with patients at ASMC. It's rare that people live in a perfect world where the sole focus can be on improving their injury or pain. Our patients have many competing interests that take away from being more focussed on themselves (ie children, family, work, sport, fitness, holidays). So the experiences of working in a challenging environment like WBBL sets me up to help ASMC patients that also have very challenging circumstances and working with them to achieve the best outcome.


  • 2019 Gym & Pilates Classes

    We've updated our Clinical Pilates & Gym Class timetable for 2019 - see attachment below*.

    All our classes are taught by qualified Physiotherapists with a maximum of only 4 attendees!

    *Please note: Friday night and Sunday time-slots do not commence until February.

  • Complex Condition Consultancy

    Specialist Sports & Exercise Physiotherapy service now available

    Kay Copeland, one of our most experienced practitioners here at Alphington Sports Medicine Clinic, is now a Specialist Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist* (as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2018).

    In this role she will act as a consultant to current treating practitioners to progress complex conditions.

    Complex conditions are those that:

    • could have multiple injuries or components, or
    • have an extended history that is not improving or resolving, or
    • have an unusual condition or presentation.

    Kay will see the patient for 1-2 extended consults to develop a comprehensive management plan that includes ongoing objectives along with rehabilitation and strengthening exercises that are focused towards achieving the patient's goal.

    She will work with the current treating practitioner(s) to implement the management plan and transition the patient back to the ongoing treating practitioner.

    If you have any questions about this service or need to book a consult with Kay, please phone us on 9481 5744.

    *To achieve this Specialist title Kay completed an extensive two-year training program along with clinical examinations. She is one of only 10 Physiotherapists in Victoria with this clinical speciality!  To learn more about Kay's varied and vast experience check out her full bio.


  • Weekend Walk-In Injury Clinic Closed

    Please Note: Our Weekend Walk-In Injury Clinic has closed for 2018.

    Call us 9481 5744 to make an appointment during our normal business hours:

    8am - 8pm Monday to Friday

    8.30am - 12pm Saturdays

    9.30am - 1pm Sundays*

    (*closed Sundays in December & January)


  • Weekend Walk-In Injury Clinic Update

    Due to popular demand we're continuing our Weekend Walk-In Injury Clinic beyond the winter sports season - but only on Saturdays and at our Sports Medicine Clinic (not the Exercise + Rehab Centre).

    If someone is injured on a weekend and requires injury assessment and management, but doesn't need to go to or want to wait in an emergency department, they can drop in to:

    Alphington Sports Medicine Clinic
    339 Heidelberg Road, Northcote
    12.30 - 5pm Saturdays (until early November)

    Injuries are assessed by a Physiotherapist.

    No appointment is needed, but if possible please call ahead on 9481 5744.

  • Weekend Walk-In Injury Clinic Re-opening Saturday 7 April

    The winter sporting season is upon us again and as such our Weekend Walk-In Injury Clinic is re-opening - with a few changes.

    If someone is injured on a weekend, and requires injury assessment and management but doesn't need to go to or want to wait in an emergency department, they can drop in to:

    Alphington Exercise + Rehabilitation Centre
    376 Heidelberg Road, Fairfield
    12.30 - 5pm Saturdays and Sundays
    (from 7 April until September 2018)

    Injuries are assessed by a Physiotherapist.

    No appointment is needed, but please call ahead on 9482 5211 if possible.

    There are no onsite X-Ray facilities available.

    Remember, we can help with injury prevention as well as recovery and take care of both sporting and non-sporting medical and rehabilitation elements. And we are open for normal appointments on Saturday and Sunday mornings too - you can view the full list of our services here.

    Phone us if you have any questions or would like to make a regular appointment.

    Please note: as a private practice we do not bulk bill

  • 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.

  • VIC U-18 Basketball Success

    Alphington Sports Medicine Physiotherapists Karina Chilman and Madeleine Ellis have just returned from Townsville where they got the sweet taste of success in the form of Australian U18 Basketball Championships gold with the Vic Metro Mens and Vic Country Womens teams.

    For a full list of the results check out Basketball Australia's website: http://twitter.com/BasketballAus/status/853401302553944064

    Karina Chilman: 2nd from the right, back row with the mens team.

    Madeleine Ellis: far left, back row with the ladies team.


  • Weekend Walk-In Injury Clinic Re-opening: Saturday 25 March

    The winter sporting season is upon us again and as such our Weekend Walk-In Injury Clinic at Warringal Private Hospital will be re-opening, with the addition of a plastering service too!

    If someone is injured on a weekend, from Saturday 25 March onwards, and requires medical assistance but doesn't need to go to or want to wait in an emergency department they can drop in to:

    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 plastering services and X-Ray facilities also available.

    Remember, we can help with injury prevention as well as recovery and take care of both sporting and non-sporting medical and rehabilitation elements.

    Phone us on 9481 5744 if you have any questions or would like to make a regular appointment.


  • Vale Steve Evans

    A highly experienced sports physiotherapist with a passion for basketball, Steve Evans was one of the founders of Alphington Sports Medicine Clinic. He sadly passed away last year after a long and courageous battle with his health.

    Steve was a crucial part of the clinic growing to what it is today. He bought a wealth of knowledge and friendship along the journey and he fostered a culture of caring for everyone around him.

    Over the years, Steve mentored so many physios in a friendly and empowering manner that many of us will carry his advice with us forever. His sense of humour and upbeat nature will never be forgotten.

    His commitment to the teams he worked with was very special and many of the athletes kept in contact over the years. Those teams included:

    • Australian Men's Basketball team "Boomers" Olympic (2004, 2008, 2012) and World Championship (2006, 2010) campaigns;
    • NBL teams Nunawading Spectres, South East Melbourne Magic, Melbourne Titans and Melbourne Tigers over more than 25 years;
    • Other Australian basketball teams including junior squads and the Opals.
    • Victorian State basketball teams

    Sadly missed and will never be forgotten - Steve Evans (18/05/1953 to 26/05/2015)