Temple Grandin named to the National Women’s Hall of Fame


Temple Grandin, Colorado State University professor of animal sciences and world-renowned autism spokesperson, has been named to the National Women’s Hall of Fame. Grandin is one of only 10 women to receive the prestigious honor this year.

‘Achievements have changed the course of American history’

“We are pleased to add 10 American women to the ranks of inductees whose leadership and achievements have changed the course of American history,” said Betty M. Bayer, the Hall’s co-president and professor of women’s studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

A professor of animal sciences for more than 20 years, Grandin has made enormous contributions to the livestock industry. Her autism allows her to think in pictures, and that ability has made her a visionary in her field. Her insights into animal behavior shaped innovative approaches to livestock handling, including methods and designs for humane slaughter that have become the industry standard.

The Prevention and Management of Abuse: Guide for Services funded by Disability Support Services

This guide has been developed to provide clear and effective guidance to safeguard the disabled people who receive support funded by Disability Support Services.

Safeguarding disabled people involves preventing abuse, creating a better understanding of signs that abuse is occurring and developing appropriate and responsive systems to deal with incidents of abuse.

It is essential that disability support service providers understand the known risks and indicators of abuse.



Reduce medicine costs with the prescription subsidy


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01 February 2017

1 February marks the start of the new eligibility period for the prescription subsidy which aims to reduce medicine costs for high-users and families.

You can become eligible for the subsidy once you have paid the prescription charge (usually $5) for 20 new items. Once you become eligible you are exempt from paying prescription charges until 31 January the following year.

You can combine purchases for partners and dependent children aged between 13 and 18 to reach the 20-item threshold. Talk to your pharmacist about linking all your family members in the system. Because prescriptions for children under 13 are free, they don’t count towards the 20 item total.

You no longer need to keep all your prescription receipts – any pharmacy can check your eligibility status electronically.

The Ministry of Health website has more information about the prescription subsidy and how to qualify: Prescription Subsidy scheme.