June 2021 Newsletter

We’ve just finished our June newsletter, which you can upload from here.

Apart from the Queen’s Birthday, an activity to highlight this month is our Malta Day on 24th. Lots of things to celebrate!

Oh, and a quick reminder that all visitors need to have had the 2021 Flu vaccination. I know we’ve had other things on our mind this year, but it’s an essential item in the care for our residents.

Changing of the Guard…

This Friday (21st May), I will commence my maternity leave, expecting to return in January 2022. In my absence, the lovely Margaret Russell will step into the role of Acting General Manager. Many of you will have already met Margaret in her current role in the management team. Please make her feel welcome as she steps in my shoes!

While I’m here:
We have just relaxed the rules for visitors to Abel Tasman Village. The NSW government has changed the conditions of entry to now allow more visitors and relax the mask rules. Please check out the latest “conditions of entry” for visitors here.

Also, please note that from 1 June all visitors will need to have had this year’s Standard Flu vaccination as per the above “conditions of entry”.

Sophia Markwell,
General Manager
Abel Tasman Village

Vaccination Day

Our COVID-19 Vaccine clinic will be held next Tuesday 13th April 2021, followed by the second dose on the 4th May 2021. The clinic will be held from 8am – 1pm on both days.

For those residents with outstanding COVID-19 Vaccine consent, our administration department have contacted you to return the consent from by the latest this Friday afternoon, 9th April 2021, if the consent form is not returned by the vaccination date, we will not be able to vaccinate your loved one.

On the Vaccination day, we would appreciate if you can limit your visits, as we require all resources to assist with the Vaccination. If you wish to support your loved ones, please notify the RN on duty by Sunday and limit to one visitor per resident on the day.

Here is what to expect on Vaccination Day.

For your conveneince, here is the consent form.

Sophia Markwell,
General Manager

Aged Care Commission

The period of accreditation for ATV expires on 8 September 2021. The management team submitted the Application for Re-accreditation on 17 March 2021.

In conducting the site audit, the assessment team will assess the quality of care and services provided through Abel Tasman Village against the Aged Care Quality Standards (Quality Standards) applicable from 1 July 2019.

For further information regarding the Aged Care Quality Standards and to access the notice poster which are available in several other community languages located on the Aged Care quality, please see the website for more details website.

Site Audit Notice & Poster


Here is an update to our visitor policy from 17th March 2021


  • Hours: mornings from 9.30 to 12.00 and afternoons from 2.00 to 4.30 with no booking needed (yeah!).
  • No time limit for each visit, but finish by 5.30 pm unless approved by management.
  • No total visitor number limit, but visitors to remain in resident ‘s room (not in communal areas).
  • Flu Vaccine not mandatory, but encouraged for all visitors.

No longer mandatory for both staff and visitors.

Certain restrictions will apply from time to time as directed by the Department of Health. Accordingly, we update the visiting page as necessary.

Continue current policy, family to call RN and book to arrange ( 24 hours in advance if possible)

Special Considerations and requests to be discussed with Harry Wu ( Clinical Manager)

Sophia Markwell
General Manager

COVID-19 Vaccination Consent

Dear Families & Friends,

Following our post on 19 February with information on the COVID-19 vaccine, we can now provide more information to families and friends about the rollout of the vaccination program. Please note, we have NOT been notified by the Primary Health Network when our residents will be vaccinated, however we have the documentation available to be prepared should it occur soon.

We are asking you, the person responsible, to provide your written consent to the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible, so that we can be ready for the vaccination program when we are notified.

As previously stated, the Australian Government and Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) strongly encourage our residents, families and staff to be vaccinated as vaccination will generate an immune response to COVID-19. Please refer to our 9 February email for further information about the vaccine. We also have copies of this information available at Reception.

Click on these links for information sheets about:

We also ask that you complete a Consent Form for the 2021 Influenza Vaccine which will take place at least the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Please select BOTH Influenza and Covid-19 Vaccine in the Abel Tasman Village consent form.

Completing the Consent Forms:

Below are the two Consent Forms for you to complete:

  1. Consent Form for the Abel Tasman Village Annual Influenza Vaccine and the COVID-19 Vaccine. [download]
  2. Australian Government Consent Form for the Covid-19 Vaccine. [download]

How to complete the two Consent Forms:

  • Complete the Consent Forms electronically and email to us at admin@abeltasman.com.au;
  • Print the Consent Forms and return the completed forms to the Registered Nurse on duty
  • Pick up a copy of the Consent Forms from Reception or the Registered Nurse on duty and return the completed forms to Reception or the Registered Nurse on duty.

We ask that you do this as soon as possible, so that we can be ready for vaccination day. If there are fields you are not able to complete (eg. Medicare Number) you can leave them blank.

It is important to note that, despite the vaccination program being rolled out over the coming months, we will need to continue to be vigilant with our hand hygiene and social distancing. The screening requirements, masks and visitor restrictions will still be with us for some time. We will continue to keep you updated on the roll-out of the program when information becomes available.

Yours sincerely,

Sophia Markwell,
General Manager

COVID-19 Vaccine – Informed Consent

We’re facilitating a follow-up webinar to prepare for the COVID-19 vaccination rollout. It will be held next Tuesday 23rd February at 11:30. The focus of the seminar is to provide information on the provision of consent ( or decline). More information and register for the webinar here.

Oh… on a totally different topic, you may have missed the Abel Tasman Village feed on Facebook today. Unfortunately we were one of the organisations which were caught in the cross-fire between Facebook, the Media and the Australian Goverment. Our feed should be restored soon, we hope… Meanwhile, we started a Social Media page so you can keep up with social activities at ATV.