Exercise Classes

Programs are held Monday to Friday at the Elsie Bennett Community Centre, the Harrow Bush Nursing Centre, the Apsley RSL Hall and within the hospital.
The activities include:

  • Low/High Impact Aerobics
  • Fall Prevention Exercise program
  • ‘Pump it up’ (men only exercise)
  • Pilates
  • Chair-based exercises
  • Zumba
  • ‘Puff and Pump’ Exercises
  • Tai Chi

exercise schedule website


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Day Centre

EDMH Day centre provides an all day program for participants over the age of 65 or with disabilities from Edenhope and surrounding rural communities.  

The aim of this program is to enhance participants quality of life and ability to remain at home through:

  • Social interaction
  • Independence – enhancing activities
  • Exercise
  • Day respite for carers
  • Health information, advice and referral Information for carers

Day Centre is located in the Elsie Bennett Community Centre on Lake Street, behind the Hospital.

Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday 8.00 am—4.30 pm.

What’s on?
Chair-based exercises, individual activity, group activity, bus outings, involvement in community events.

Talk to your GP about a referral through My Aged care

$7.00 per day (includes lunch)
$2.00 per day (without lunch)

Transport may be provided from home to Day Centre and return. No additional charges apply

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Click the below link for information on:

Rights and Responsibilities


Disability Complaints Process



Community Engagement

EDMH strives to have a positive and fruitful two-way relationship with the people who do (or might in the future) use its services. There are a number of client surveys that are distributed throughout the year, as well as feedback from group sessions. Comments, compliments and complaints are also a useful tool in gaining this information from community members.

On one hand, EDMH provides a lot of information to local people in the form of brochures, written information, advice from workers, newspaper articles and other similar activities. The area that EDMH does least amount of including community voices is in planning and evaluation of its programs and services.

Consequently, EDMH is trying to be more pro-active and have better ways of talking to the community all the time to gain this valuable information for improving services. Part of the Strategic Plan 2013 – 2018 includes developing a Community Engagement Strategy by 2015 that will outline many different ways to listen to community people’s opinion, evaluations and suggestions.

Having this new website is part of that process and people can provide emailed feedback to EDMH by going to the About Us

We encourage you to take the time to make comments to our staff, through these avenues already in use or in the future activities that may be planned. Together we will make the best decisions for the future development of this valuable local health service.

Community and Consumer Consultation Committee

This committee focuses on planning, care and treatment for the ongoing wellbeing of the community. It is about having your say, thinking about why you believe in your view, and listening to the views and ideas of others. In working together, decisions may include a range of perspectives EDMH views this as an integral component of its quality Improvement process and a valuable tool to ensure the ideas and views of the community are heard and acted upon.


  • To provide advice to EDMH on the health needs, quality, access and equity of the service and information provided to the local community.
  • To provide advice on improving service delivery and to support, encourage and facilitate local community involvement in service delivery, planning and development.
  • To support, encourage and facilitate local community involvement in the planning of health services.

This committee meets quarterly on 1st Wednesday of the month in February, May, August and November.

Members are appointed by application and approval by the Community and Consumer Consultation Committee for period of three years.

Community Support

Edenhope and District Memorial continue to support other agencies that provide support for our community members. Please show support of the following networks and the role the play in assisting our community.

Wimmera Southern Mallee Local Learning & Employment Network (LLEN)

The School Friendly Business program recognises businesses and organisations that have made a commitment to supporting the education of our region’s young people. School Friendly Businesses support schools by providing opportunities for students to undertake workplace learning, allowing staff to participate in mentoring and reading programs and by being considerate of employees who are parents of school aged children. The School Friendly Business program encourages the school community to support these businesses and organisations in return.



Without the support of our volunteers, numerous hospital activities may be unable to run.  Volunteers contribute to the leisure, interest and activities programs under the direction of the Kowree Nursing Home or Lakes Hostel Unit Managers, Activities Co-ordinator or the Day Centre Co-ordinator.  By assisting with these programs volunteers contribute to the lifestyle and wellbeing of our residents and clients.

Each volunteer brings a diverse range of knowledge, skills and experience based on his or her life experience, employment history and knowledge.  The volunteer coordinator is happy to discuss ways you could assist EDMH by becoming a volunteer.

Each area of EDMH runs different lifestyle programs, some of the ways you could be involved are:

Areas you can work as Volunteer

Elsie Bennett Community Centre: Assist EDMH staff to run games, crafts and/or cooking sessions, attend day trips as an assistant or driver (bus drivers required).  Share your interests with clients, walk, read or provide a willing listener.  The Elsie Bennett Community Centre provides for a range of community groups, including the Adult Day Centre, Disabled Adults Group, and various exercise groups.

The Lakes Hostel: Walk, read, listen and talk to our residents.  Assist the EDMH Diversional Therapists with their programs by being an extra pair of hands or eyes.  Assist residents by driving them to appointments or social outings.  Our staff would be happy to consider any ideas you have that may be appropriate for a Residential Aged Care Setting and will discuss this with you.

Kowree Nursing Home: While our residents may not be as mobile as those in the Lakes Hostel there are still numerous ways to help out.  Residents have access to an amazing outdoor garden area and can be taken on wheelchair walks.  Assist the Diversional Therapists with their activity program, or just spend time with residents one on one or in small groups.

EDMH is always looking for drivers, both car, and bus. 

By joining the team of volunteers at EDMH you contribute directly to the lifestyle and wellbeing of our residents and clients.

For more information on being an EDMH Volunteer or for details on how to apply please refer to the Volunteer Information Booklet or call the Volunteer Co-ordinator on (03) 5585 9800.