15th Pacific Games

In July 2015 I travelled to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, to work with the athletes of Team PNG at the 15th Pacific Games. Our physio team cared for around 600 athletes over the two weeks. The games consisted of twenty sports ranging from athletics, swimming, rugby 7’s and boxing, to the traditional pacific island Va’a (similar to canoeing). It was an absolute privilege to experience the rich cultures of the various Pacific nations, particularly of beautiful Papua New Guinea. Surprisingly, they speak over 850 languages (which made treating challenging at times), from its population of seven million people. The experience proved even more special as Team PNG hit the medal tally with 29 more gold medals than their nearest rivals New Caledonia, who have topped the tally twelve out of the previous fourteen Pacific Games.

Gordon Pritchard, Physiotherapist

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)

Participants Needed For GLoBE Hip Trial

Our own Rachael McMillan (Physiotherapist) is seeking post-menopausal women in metropolitan Melbourne with GTPS for the @GLoBEHip trial.

If you can answer yes to one or more of the following questions you may be eligible for free physiotherapy and medical treatment!

  • Do you have pain at the side of your hip?
  • Do you have trouble lying on your hip at night?
  • Do you have pain in your hip climbing up and downstairs?
  • Have you been diagnosed with bursitis of your hip, gluteal tendinopathy or greater trochanteric pain syndrome?

For further information please contact: Rachael McMillan: Ph 9479 1389 or email globe.hip@latrobe.edu.au

www.latrobe.edu.au/globe-hip

 

A Taste Of (Basketball) Success

Alphington Sports Medicine Physio Madeleine Ellis has just returned from Europe where she got the sweet taste of success in the form of World Championship gold with the Sapphires, Australia's U17 girls basketball team.

She said it was an amazing trip and team to work for - with the highlight definitely being the team's semi final and first ever win over the USA!

Madeleine is on the far right in this team photo.