• 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!


  • The Alphington Huddle


    Introducing THE ALPHINGTON HUDDLE, our new quarterly eNewsletter.

    Its 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 Winter 2017 issue now - Happy reading everyone!

    Subscribe to our mailing list to receive future issues.

  • Cooking with Kristen - Vegetable Frittata

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

    Vegetable Frittata


    Eggs aren't just for breakfast.

    Frittatas are great for when you're pressed for time. Pair it with a fresh salad for a quick and easy meal, or portion it up for a high protein, super-satisfying snack.

    Leftover vegetables works well in this dish so get creative!



    Makes 3 main meals or 6 snacks

    • 6 whole eggs
    • Spinach fresh or frozen - if frozen defrost first
    • Leftover roast potato cut into bite size chunks
    • 1 spring onion roughly chopped



    1. Pre-heat oven to 180C fan-forced.
    2. Lightly whisk eggs into a mixing bowl.
    3. Heat a non-stick pan over a medium heat. Once heated, add a Tb of olive oil.
    4. Add spinach and onion to egg mixture and mix.
    5. Pour mixture into pan. Cook for a minute before adding the potato. This is where you would add any other leftover vegetables (zucchini, leek, sweet potato, capsicum all work well!).
    6. Transfer pan into oven and cook for 12 minutes or until eggs have cooked through.
    7. Portion into 6 pizza-like slices before serving with greek yoghurt and chilli (optional).


    Can also be eaten cold or reheated!



  • 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.


  • Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport

    5th International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport

    Berlin, Germany. 27-28 October 2016

    A summary from Sport and Exercise Physician Dr David Bolzonello

    "The main value was reassurance that we here in Melbourne are using best practice principles and that we do manage our athletes well."

    Australians were well represented from all our key sports and four of the seven sessions were moderated by Australians, Sport and Exercise Physicians Michael Makdissi, Martin Raftery, and Paul McCrory, who is also a neurologist, and Gavin Davis, Neurosurgeon.

    The format for the event was 7 key topics explored over 7 sessions.

    The seven topics were:

    • Concussion Definition and Sideline Screening
    • Sport Concussion Assessment Tool ( SCAT) and Post-injury assessment
    • Advanced or Novel testing and treatment
    • Physiologic Recovery - Return to play modifiers
    • Childhood concussion
    • Persistent Post concussive Symptoms and Long Term Sequelae
    • Risk Reduction.

    A leader of each working group presented a review of the most recent scientific papers in each topic. Some 2000+ papers were assessed and culled using key words/criteria in each group to sometimes only 15 papers.

    A summary of evidence in each area was presented to the forum. Each session included scientific presentations on that session topic and attendees from the floor added comments, suggestions or even disagreements. These comments were recorded and over the next two days the leaders met to write up the new International consensus position statement. It is due for publication in the British Journal of Sports Medicine in the first third of next year.

    What did I learn?

    The definition of concussion is largely agreed upon by experts, although there is no uniform definition in the scientific literature. There was agreement on a definition as "change in brain function due to a transfer of energy to the brain and its associated structures".

    No definition proposed a prognosis for recovery, and no symptom is specific to concussion.

    Sideline assessment can be very difficult for clinicians as they do not have the benefit of multiple camera angles and slow motion whilst they are testing the player and making decisions. Often, commentators and spectators have a better picture of the impact, and the injured player's response to that impact, than do the staff in the playing arena. Access to tools such as Hawkeye video review are helping doctors to see what the commentators have seen, and be able to respond accordingly.

    The SCAT remains a very important tool and will be refined in its next iteration.

    Universities are looking for a single marker of diagnosis or recovery, be it by scans or blood test which will simplify management.

    Recovery was discussed, women it seems recover more slowly than men and may be more susceptible.

    Not all symptoms are due to brain injury e.g. headache and balance disturbance are likely due to injury to the neck and/or the vestibular structures of the inner ear. It was a surprise to me that this fact seemed to be presented as new discovery.

    Persistent symptoms may in part be due to altered mood state and anxiety from the diagnosis itself, and it was noted that too much medical attention can create an expectation of poor recovery, as may occur in back pain.

    There is no magic bullet in terms of testing or treatment as yet. Clinical assessment using the full gamut of history, examination and special tests such as MRI and neuropsychological testing, remains the mainstay of management.

    Children do not need to rest totally before resuming activity. Low level activity aids recovery and shortens recovery time as compared to those who totally rested. Engaging the school in the recovery process is very important. How long they should remain out of competition was not fully explored but will be considered in the position statement.

    Long term sequelae, specifically Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) remains the most contentious issue in this area of medicine, with believers and sceptics.

    The consensus is that the condition probably exists but current evidence based on retrospective reviews and post-mortem changes is flawed as the contributions of factors such as past alcohol, illicit and performance enhancing drug use are unknown.

    Risk reduction centred on issues such as rule changes, rule enforcement, general and neck specific conditioning and protective equipment.

    Overall I am glad I received an AFL nomination to be invited and enjoyed the collegiality and discussion with clinicians from around the world. The main value was reassurance that we here in Melbourne are using best practice principles and that we do manage our athletes well. As always, continuous improvement comes from doing things well for each and every patient and keeping abreast of the knowledge.


  • ASMC Update

    REMINDER: We're not going anywhere . . . yet!

    Even though this (see image above) happened last week, nothing is changing - at least not for a while.

    We have an ongoing lease in the building & the sale is simply phase 1 of our plan to bring the entire business together.

    While we search for a suitable new building we will continue to offer our services as per usual - both at Alphington Sports Medicine Clinic, 339 Heidelberg Rd AND via the Exercise + Rehabilitation Centre at no. 376.

    This process may take a while but the end result will be a great new location with all your injury, prevention & rehabilitation needs under one roof.

    Stay tuned for more news in the future.


  • Exciting times ahead for Alphington Sports Medicine

    Don't panic if you notice a For Sale sign out the front of our Exercise + Rehabilitation Centre building - we're not going anywhere . . . yet.

    We have an ongoing lease in the building and the sale is simply phase one of a plan to bring our entire business together under one roof.

    While we search for a suitable new building we will continue to offer our services as per usual - both at the Alphington Sports Medicine Clinic, 339 Heidelberg Road, and via the Exercise + Rehabilitation Centre at number 376.

    This process may take a while but the end result will be a great new location with all your sporting and non-sporting injury, prevention and rehabilitation needs in the one place.

    Stay tuned for more news in the future . . .


  • 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)