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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.




Martin Luther Homes is Aged Care Provider of the Year (VIC)

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Evelin Martin, Birgit Goetz & June Hodge at the award ceremony.

Martin Luther Homes are proud to announce that we have won the Aged Care Provider of the Year award in Victoria. The 2018 Aged & Community Services Australia Awards were hosted in July by ACSA*, the national organisation representing the not-for-profit aged care sector.

Martin Luther Homes was awarded the prestigious title because of its “outstanding leadership, management, workforce culture, innovation, communication and general excellence to the sector”.

Chief Executive Officer Birgit Goetz received the award on behalf of all Martin Luther Homes’ residents and staff. “It is such an achievement for all of us. I have to thank all of our staff who have worked tirelessly over the years to turn our home into an industry leader”, Goetz said after the ceremony.

“Being the aged care provider of the year in Victoria is already a major success story for us, but to now also represent our state at the national ACSA awards in Sydney in September is even more exciting, hopefully, our idea of combining trendy apartments with convenient care services will help us to succeed yet again, on a national stage”, CEO Birgit Goetz said.

The major reason for the success at the recent ACSA awards was the introduction of ‘care apartments’ at Martin Luther Homes. Care apartments are an industry first, as they combine modern independent apartment living with the safety and comforts of 24-hour care. Martin Luther Homes currently provides state-of-the-art one or two-bedroom apartments to its residents. This new form of aged care accommodation clearly sets it apart from other providers in the field.

In addition to winning Aged Care Provider of the year, Martin Luther Homes also made it into the finals for the category Innovation in Service or Design.

Care Apartments at Martin Luther Homes in Boronia - modern, safe and beautiful views.

The national award ceremony will be held during the ACSA National Summit from September 3-5 in Sydney.

*Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) is the leading peak body supporting over 700 church, charitable and community-based not-for-profit organisations that provide accommodation and care services to older Australians.



Martin Luther Homes nominated for Aged Care Award

Monday, July 02, 2018

Aged Care Forum held at MLH

Monday, June 25, 2018


Important Aged Care Forum held at Martin Luther Homes

In its role as national peak body, Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) runs a large number of industry training and information events around the country.

On June 22, Martin Luther Homes in Boronia was host to the Regional Industry Forum - South East, an intensive information session on changes and reforms, which was attended by a dozen representatives of the aged care sector.

The past twelve months have seen a raft of changes; however, “the key focus is to achieve an aged care system underpinned by the principles of ageing in place, consumer-directed care and market-based competition”, says LASA State Manager Veronica Jamison, who is responsible for Victoria and Tasmania.

Jamison confirmed that one strategy for achieving this new system is the ‘single aged care quality framework’, which was at the heart of the forum held at Martin Luther Homes.

The single aged care quality framework, or SACQF, is based on three pillars, which consist of “single set of aged care standards operating across all aged care services; a streamlined approach to assessing provider performance against the quality standards, and improved information on quality to assist consumers to make the choices that are right for them”, says Jamison.

Attendee June Hodge, Clinical Manager at Martin Luther Homes, says that she really appreciates the insights and updates in her industry, which are important to get, in order to stay up to date. “But forums like this are also great networking events for people in the aged care industry and I get to meet people in similar roles, who share their views and experiences with me”, says the MLH Clinical Manager.

Eva Simo, CEO of Tabulam & Templer Homes, agrees and stresses that the aged care sector is an ever-changing industry and that it is vital to stay in touch with other industry representatives to network and stay informed.

Veronica Jamison, who was the MC of the industry forum, says that “the event helped to equip the participants with essential tools to lead their organisations into the future of aged care, while also giving them answers for many questions residents and staff might have”.

Martin Luther Homes CEO Birgit Goetz said it was an honour to provide the facilities and host the LASA event that functions as a “vital industry forum for aged care providers”.

If you are interested in hosting your conference, forum or event at Martin Luther Homes, please don’t hesitate to contact us on or (03) 9760 2100.

LASA runs industry forums around Australia, for more information, visit their website




Knox Mayor embraces Martin Luther Homes

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Martin Luther Homes staff and residents had a fantastic time at the recently held Knox Active Ageing Expo. It was the first time Knox City Council put on this event and we believe it was an outstanding success and drawcard for senior citizens in the outer east of Melbourne.

Martin Luther Homes was represented with an engaging stall by Deputy Clinical Manager Steven Yan and Customer Liaison Officer Evelin Martin. Both were not only delighted by the attention they had received from many locals, who wanted to know more about the services and facilities Martin Luther Homes provides, but also by the time Knox Mayor John Mortimore dedicated to our stall. Mortimore literally embraced our staff and confirmed that, as a long-term Boronia/Basin resident, he knows our home all too well.Steven Yan, Knox Mayor John Mortimore & Evelin Martin.

Yet, not only staff were telling interested visitors more about the benefits of choosing Martin Luther Homes as an ideal place to retire, but also our residents themselves. Lifestyle Coordinator Birgit Gisler was in charge of organising transport for residents to get to the expo safely. She confirmed that the Martin Luther Homes bus was booked out quickly and that residents truly enjoyed the information provided at the many exhibition stalls that were all centred around the aged care industry including health, activities as well as volunteering. MLH residents and staff at the Knox Active Ageing Expo.

Another highlight, however, were the engaging talks and the beautiful catering that was provided for exhibitors and visitors alike. Hopefully, there will be another Active Ageing Expo next year that we are more than happy to participate in.

Martin Luther Homes - Construction Update

Monday, May 28, 2018

SJ Higgins builders have commenced their work on our new aged care facilities by erecting two portable cabins on the Arcadia Avenue car park site. For your safety, extensive fencing has also been put in place alongside Arcadia Avenue, to prepare for demolishing.

Please do not use the pathway from the independent living units through to Arcadia Avenue car park, which is also blocked off for the remainder of the construction period. The entire construction period is scheduled to take about twelve months.

During the time of construction, there is no staff, resident or family parking available off Arcadia Avenue. Instead, there is access for a 10-minute drop off and pick up for residents, families, doctors, ambulances, taxis and waste management.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding during the construction process.



Martin Luther Homes is expanding

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Martin Luther Homes offers a relaxed place to retire, due to its leafy surroundings and its spacious facilities in Melbourne’s outer east. Whether you are looking for independent living units or comfortable aged care, there is bound to be a suitable place for everyone at the foothills of Mount Dandenong.

However, just like the aged care sector itself, Martin Luther Homes has to go with the times to embrace the demands of an ever-growing 55+ demographic. We are therefore proud to announce that MLH has been allocated 61 additional beds by the Federal Government.

In order to welcome these additional residents, Martin Luther Homes has planned an extension of its facilities. After a thorough review and consultation process, Chairman Dietmar Witzleb (pictured left) has signed the building contract with SJ Higgins, a specialised construction company that focuses on aged care home development.

MLH Chair Dietmar Witzleb signs construction contract.

The construction process will progress in a number of stages. The first stage will see 33 new rooms constructed alongside Arcadia Avenue. As CEO Birgit Goetz has confirmed, construction of the first stage will be completed by 2019.

When taking a look at the façade of the new development, one will hardly be able to recognise familiar features of an aged care facility. It will look more like a modern apartment block, rather than a nursing home, says Goetz after meeting architect John Henry (pictured on right).

The 3D model of the new nursing home wing along Arcadia Avenue.

Due to the nature and size of the project, we are aware that the construction process might cause some form of inconvenience at times for some of our residents and neighbours.

Nevertheless, Martin Luther Homes management and the SJ Higgins team are at all times focused on minimising the noise and environmental impact the construction process might have.

If concerns might still arise, in spite of all efforts to reduce the construction impact on local stakeholders, please do not hesitate to contact us on 9760 2100.

New storytelling project for our residents

Monday, April 16, 2018

There is an interesting storytelling initiative on the horizon, and our residents are at the centre of it.

'What's your story?' is an upcoming project that captures the life stories of the people that have made Martin Luther Homes their home. We want to hear more from people like Eugen, who is proud of his 97 years and who still remembers exactly why he left his native-Germany, more than half a century ago.

Whether it is an adveture from days gone by, or a fascinating story of settlement in Australia, we want to hear it.

'What's your story?' at Martin Luther Homes means to listen, capture, and preserve the memories of our residents.

More updates to follow soon.



German Week at Martin Luther Homes

Monday, March 26, 2018

It was a first for all, when the Australian-German Welfare Society announced that a German Week will take place in March. After successful launches in Brisbane and Sydney, it was now Melbourne’s turn to showcase some of the many great organisations and clubs that represent the German community in Victoria.

Without hesitation, MLH CEO Birgit Goetz decided to participate in the event by organising an open day at the picturesque Boronia site, in Melbourne’s outer east. Although the short notice and the mid-week timeslot for the open day presented a challenge, staff, management and residents pulled their resources together to put on a great event and friendly reception for locals, potential staff members and, most importantly, future residents.

Customer Liaison Officer Evelin Martin was not only happy with the public’s interest in everything MLH has to offer, but she was also particularly thrilled about the “quality” of the visitors on open day. After only a few tours of the facilities, Ms Martin confirmed that up to two independent living units were already spoken for by lunch time.

To find out more about Independent Living at MLH, click here or call 9760 2100.

However, the open day as part of German Week did not only attract visitors who were interested in making the beautiful retirement village at the foothills of Mount Dandenong their future home, but also a media representative, who covered the event on behalf of national broadcaster SBS.

Reporter André Mathias spoke to residents to find out why they chose to spend their retirement at this unique place that is more like a village than a conventional aged care facility. The journalist also spoke with General Manager Ralf Pelz, who told him that his new role at MLH is a new challenge that he particularly enjoys, due to the location of his new workplace and its open-minded multicultural nature.

Although the open day 2018 went by much too quickly, the week of excitement continued at MLH with a special visitor from Canberra. German ambassador Dr Anna Prinz paid the home a visit to meet, among others, resident Clara Werner, who will turn 102 years of age in May, and who still enjoys her daily life in her own unit, surrounded by friends and like-minded neighbours.

Resident Clara Werner with German ambassador Dr Anna Prinz.

However, in addition to her official representative duties, Dr Prinz didn’t shy away from joining in a lively sing-along with Pastor Christoph Dielmann, who put together a musical journey through Germany. In addition to German folk classics, English chants could also be heard across the centre, including the all-time favourite ‘when saints go marching in’.

Pastor Christoph Dielmann takes MLH residents on a musical journey across Germany.

MLH’s participation in Melbourne’s inaugural German Week was a successful event that brought together residents, staff, and the wider community for two joyous events. MLH CEO Birgit Goetz confirmed that this first instalment will surely be followed up by another event in the coming years.






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