The Ex Military Rehabilitation Centre Inc is a rehabilitation and welfare organisation serving Australian ex military personnel, peacekeepers and veterans of wars and conflicts, past and present. It is located in a former factory complex on an acreage of Defence Department Land opposite the R.A.A.F. base at Edinburgh, South Australia. Workshops are provided for Carpentry, Computing, Arts and Crafts and are complemented by a recreation room and dining area. Meals are provided on the programme days of Tuesday and Thursday and staff provide catering for functions and fundraising events.
Welfare activities are diverse and range from drug rehab assistance, house moving, transport, gardening, painting, loan of furniture and equipment to social activities, commemorative events, hospital and nursing home visits.
Work for the “dole” (unemployment benefits) programmes are conducted at the centre and some weekend activities are conducted offsite. These work crews assist with maintenance of the complex, recycling activities, building demolition projects, computer rebuilding , vehicle restoration and general labour duties.
A legal referral service is provided from a network of Barristers, Solicitors and Legal firms and access is provided to the field worker to most courts, prisons and institutions. In recent times the focus has widened to include services to Veterans of post Vietnam wars and peace keeping operations. Pension and advocacy work is conducted at the centre to assist current serving and ex ADF members with pension claims and rehabilitation services.
The projects began in 1990 when members from the Aldgate RSL entered into agreement to purchase land in the Murray Mallee and to establish rehabilitation and recreation activities for Vietnam Veterans and their families.
In 1994 the group identified a need for metropolitan based activities and established the Ex Military Rehabilitation Centre (XMRC) under the banner of the Peter Badcoe V.C. Complex to provide activities and welfare assistance for ex Defence Force personnel and their families…The project was initially set up with labour from Aldgate RSL’s Correctional services and Centrelink programmes at the Hampstead Rehab Hospital and was staffed by Volunteers from the Ex-Service Community and many civilian helpers. In 1999 the facility was relocated to a factory site on Defence land adjacent to RAAF base at Edinburgh. The year also brought the final payment on the townships of Mootatunga and Karte, our bush camps.
A sub branch of the Vietnam Veterans Association was formed in 2000 from XMRC members to provide services specific to Vietnam Vets and their families whilst XMRC provided similar services to all serving and ex Australian Defence Force personnel.
Our ‘open door’ policy resulted in the establishment of a workshop for local folk with acquired brain injuries and a weekly programme in partnership with “Helping Hands” to provide activities for socially isolated locals, many of whom are ex- military.
The project was relocated in 2008 to our current premises opposite the RAAF base and was opened by the Governor on the 28th of February 2008.