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Martin Luther Homes recognised by aged care peak body

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

June Hodge, Birgit Goetz & Eva Panousopoulos.

Martin Luther Homes are proud to announce that we have been recognised for our work in the aged care sector at the LASA Excellence in Age Services Awards.

We were nominated and named finalists for the Rising Star as well as Organisation Award Vic/Tas. The 2019 Tri-State Conference was organised and hosted by Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), which is the national peak body representing all providers of age services across residential care, home care, and retirement living.

Martin Luther Homes CEO, Birgit Goetz, was accompanied by our Director of Clinical Services, June Hodge, and by our nurse Eva Panousopoulos who was nominated as a ‘Rising Star’ of the aged care sector.

“To be recognised a second year in a row for our innovative Care Apartment© concept was yet another confirmation that we are on the right track. We constantly try to re-invent ourselves and our services. It is great to see that our industry peers agree, and that the strong focus on our residents is a winning strategy.”

Director of Clinical Services, June Hodge, agrees and she also stressed how moving it was to see one of her most outstanding nurses stand up on the podium. Eva Panousopoulos joined Martin Luther Homes just over a year ago and she has quickly become a successful leader who inspires others to always give their best, every day.

“We knew from the start that Eva would be our Rising Star, regardless of the outcome tonight. People like her are the backbone of our aged care centre and of the industry as a whole.”Eva Panousopoulos (2nd from left) is confirmed as a finalist for the Rising Star Award.

LASA CEO Sean Rooney congratulated all nominees, finalists, and winners for their outstanding efforts and the contributions they make daily, not only to the industry but to the lives of the older Australians.

“Our industry has countless passionate professionals, volunteers and organisations who don’t generally look for thanks or praise. It is their dedication and professionalism that make up the backbone of our industry,” Mr Rooney said.

Martin Luther Homes CEO, Birgit Goetz, also congratulated the winners of the night and she confirmed that award ceremonies are not only a great event to celebrate the work we are all passionate about, but to also exchange views and experiences with other aged care sector leaders. 





Always be up-to-date with Martin Luther Homes

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Martin Luther Homes has a monthly newsletter to keep residents informed about the many news and activities that are happening around our facilities, which include the aged care centre as well as our retirement village. We deliver the newsletter in person, which is not only a great opportunity for us to socialise but also to pick up viable information on the needs and interest of the people who call our place 'home'.

But did you know that we also have a digital version that can go out to you via email?

All you need to do is click the image below and hit 'subscribe' for you to receive the next edition. And of course, you are more than welcome to share this link with family and friends.





We are recruiting nurses and a physio

Thursday, January 03, 2019

The new year will be a big one for Martin Luther Homes, as we are expanding our facilities. New residents also mean that we require more passionate and skilled people to join our team. So, always keep an eye out on our website or on our Linkedin Account to find out if we have the right position for you!

This is your chance to join our physiotherapy team. You will work under supervision but also get the opportunity to grow in your role and make it your own.

Currently, we are recruiting a nurse (RN grade 2/ EEN) as well as a new physiotherapist. Both positions are part-time and located at our nursing home in Boronia/ The Basin. 

You have until the end of January 2019 to apply.

For more details, please go on the following websites:

Physio OR Nurse  

Best of luck with your application and we hope to hear from you soon!





Season's Greetings and a meal not to be missed

Monday, December 17, 2018

Martin Luther Homes wishes all its residents, their families and friends, and our lovely staff a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We are very grateful for the past twelve months, for the memories shared and the conversations that enriched us all. We are looking forward to 2019, which is going to be an even busier year, with the new wing of our aged care facility opening and many more residents and staff joining us.

However before the start of the new year, we are setting up the tables for a very special Christmas lunch. Our residents, their friends and family, are invited to book a table by December 20. Booking is essential!

Enjoy your meal, the festive season and the start into the new year!

Your Martin Luther Homes Team,

Please note: Our reception and admin team will be on leave from, and including, 24.12. - 1.1.2019

Martin Luther Homes - AGM 2018

Monday, December 03, 2018

We would like to thank everyone who has attended this year's annual meeting. Our board and management truly value your input and feedback that helps us to make Martin Luther Homes an even better place to retire.

If you are an association member and you are interested in our responses to questions raised during the AGM, please do not hesitate to contact reception, in order to collect a hardcopy version of our responses.

Again, thank you very much for your support over the years!


We have an important question to ask

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Our CEO Birgit Goetz has an important question to ask you.

“I have been working for Martin Luther Homes, its residents and our staff for over seven years now and one aspect of my work keeps amazing me again and again. You wonder what it is?

It is the passion you have for Martin Luther Homes. This passion comes with an awareness that we are different, when compared to other retirement villages and nursing homes. There is something that makes us special. But what exactly is it?

In order to make the right decisions for the future of Martin Luther Homes, our board and I want to focus on what matters to you.

What does Martin Luther Homes mean to you?

Everyone who works with us, who lives at our beautiful facility or anyone who was there at the very beginning, in the 1950s when Martin Luther Homes was merely a dream and a bold project, will surely have an experience or story worth sharing.

I want to hear from all of you and I would love to capture all the thoughts, emotions and wisdom. Whether it is just a word, a sentence, a paragraph, or even an entire letter.

Of course, we value your time and as a sign of appreciation, the first 3 entries will win a Coles & Myer Gift Card worth $50.

To enter, please drop your letter at reception with ‘Competition Question’written on it, or send us an email to Goetz



Attention: Changes to Emergency Exit

Monday, October 08, 2018

In relation to the building occurring during 2018/2019 at Arcadia Avenue. Please note that the fire exit at Arcadia Avenue is still operating, however, the Arcadia glass doors will be in the ‘OFF’ mode and the door will not open for general access of staff, residents and visitors except in an emergency such as fire when the door will open automatically.

You won't be able to gain access through Arcadia Avenue during construction

In an emergency staff, residents and visitors must follow the pathway from the Arcadia glass doors to the assembly area outside of the 'bunker', our maintenance building.

Access to all houses within Martin Luther Homes from Monday 15 October will be through Jensen House.



CEO Message: ABC Four Corners Report

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Message from the CEO


To: Residents, families, Staff and friends of Martin Luther Homes

Re: ABC Four Corners ‘Who Cares?’ program

The entire aged care sector has undergone challenging and turbulent weeks. The ABC’s Four Corners program has dedicated two programs to abuse cases that occurred in a number of aged care centres around the country. Previously, the Federal Parliament in Canberra had passed The Aged Care (Single Quality Framework) Reform Bill 2018, the most comprehensive upgrade to aged care standards in twenty years and the establishment of the new independent Aged Care Safety and Quality Commissionwhich comes into force on 1 January 2019. Most importantly, however, is the announcement of a Royal Commission by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.


I believe that it is my responsibility as the CEO of Martin Luther Homes to answer any questions that might arise from the current media coverage. If you do have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with me directly via phone 9760 2132 or email You can also come and see me in person, my office is located in the administration building and I have an open-door policy.


Of course, I have also watched the two Four Corners episodes and I was just as shocked, as anyone would be when seeing that elderly people are being mistreated at the hands of staff that have a duty of care and that ought to look after them. Instead, they harmed the most vulnerable people. Any form of abuse is inexcusable! I was truly disappointed to find out that there are still aged care providers that break the law by clearly disrespecting the rights and dignity of their residents. I therefore strongly support the establishment of the Royal Commission to expose the shortfalls and to refer the people responsible to the courts. One can only hope that the Royal Commission, alongside the many reforms that are already underway, will push the irresponsible providers out of our industry and that more accountability and transparency will be the result of this far-reaching investigation.


Long before the intensified media focus on our industry, the leadership team at Martin Luther Homes made it their priority to ensure that we uphold our high standards of care and that our residents continue to be our first priority. Over decades, we have developed a strong culture and work ethic that prevents even the slightest failings. These high standards are set and lived by management and are upheld on all other staff levels. The personalised high-quality care we promote is reviewed daily through supervisors and you can rest assured that all of our staff have undergone rigorous assessments, are fully trained, and must participate in mandatory training, refreshers and professional development courses.


We have only recently been named ‘Aged Care Provider of the Year (Vic) 2018’ by ACSA and we do everything in our power to defend this prestigious title next year. As a not-for-profit aged care provider, we re-invest every Dollar back into our facilities, lifestyle programs, and, most importantly, toward the training and upskilling of our nurses and carers. If you have any suggestions where we could improve our services even further, please get in touch with us. We highly value your feedback and suggestions!


Again, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me directly via phone 9760 2132 or email

Yours sincerely,

Birgit Goetz


What's Your Story? New podcast series launched.

Monday, September 24, 2018



What’s your Story? Podcast Project launched

In our monthly newsletter, Martin Luther Homes has asked its residents to get in touch, if they want their story to be told and recorded. We were excited to frequently hear from residents who want to ensure that their personal experiences aren’t lost and that future generations have the chance to access them in years to come.

In 2018, podcasting has reached new heights and it looks like the new way to listen to audio formats is here to stay. We have therefore decided, to get the microphone out and to meet with our talents face-to-face.

The result is a series of podcasts that record the stories of residents in a very close-up and intimate, yet respectful way. The first two episodes were actually recorded by a journalist from Sydney, Alex Lloyd, who works for the podcast series ‘Life on the Line’. This innovative podcast format captures the stories of Australian servicemen and women with a particular focus on the militarised conflicts Australia has been involved in.

Lloyd was particularly interested in the wartime stories of our residents Eugen Pichurra and Horst Haase, both of whom have fought for their native Germany during World War II. You can listen to their stories on various platforms by clicking on the images below.

Future episodes with Martin Luther Homes are already in the making and will be published soon on this website. Coming up is Monika Kostroa who grew up in bombed-out Hamburg and later realised her lifelong dream of owning an Australian hobby farm.

If you or a relative is interested in being portrayed and in sharing their story, please get in touch with Kelsang Zimwock at reception on 9760 2100 or via email




Martin Luther Homes to represent Victoria at national Aged Care Awards

Wednesday, August 29, 2018


Martin Luther Homes is proud to represent Victoria at the upcoming national Aged Care Awards in New South Wales. After taking home the Aged Care Provider of the Year (Victoria) award, Martin Luther Homes’ CEO Birgit Goetz is excited to represent her home state at the national award ceremony in Sydney next week.

“Our unique Care Apartment concept is a winning formula for our residents who love living in their luxurious apartments that offer them space, privacy, safety and care at the same time. We are very optimistic that the ACSA jury will also be convinced of this success story”, said Goetz before heading to the conference.

The National Aged Care Award celebrations will be held as part of the ACSA National Summit from the 3rd to the 5th of September in Sydney. In addition to the award ceremony, many workshops and training courses will be provided. The delegation of the Martin Luther Homes leadership team are actively taking part in the training and networking opportunities, such as Customer Liaison Officer Evelin Martin. She is looking forward to making new contacts during her time at the conference.

“I always enjoy learning from people in similar roles at other nursing homes. I am interested in finding out how they improve their services and what ideas they have to make aged care an even more attractive option for potential residents”, Martin said.

In addition to being named 2018 Aged Care Provider of the Year (Victoria), Martin Luther Homes could also secure a spot as a finalist in the category “Innovation in Service or Design VIC”, an achievement that was based on the introduction of the innovative care apartments.

This week, SBS Radio has featured the recent success at the state awards. In an interview with the German Program, CEO Birgit Goetz also expresses her gratitude to her staff and board. Listen to the podcast here.

We are also excited to be featured in the latest edition of Golden Years, a publication with a focus on retired Victorians, which is published by the Ethinc Communitites Council of Victoria.

Visit page 14 to find out more about Martin Luther Homes.





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