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AMA rapt with Coalition scrap the cap call

AMA President, Dr Steve Hambleton, said today that the Coalition has shown a strong commitment to education and medical excellence with its call on the Government to scrap the proposed cap on work-related self-education expenses.

Dr Hambleton said the AMA strongly welcomes the Coalition call to scrap the cap, which is effectively a tax on learning.

The Shadow Minister for Education, Apprenticeships and Training, Christopher Pyne, made the call following a meeting with a Scrap the Cap Alliance delegation, which included Dr Hambleton, at his electorate office in Adelaide this morning.

Read more at the Federal AMA website.

Dr Steve Hambleton addresses the National Press Council

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AMA President, Dr Steve Hambleton, has addressed the National Press Council in Canberra and unveiled the AMA’s health policy platform for the upcoming election.

Dr Hambleton said Australians enjoy world class care from our health system but more needs to be done to keep people from needing to go to hospital.

He said more needs to be done in the areas of preventative health – that mortality rates from heart attacks have dropped significantly over the last decade but that we shouldn’t be waiting for the heart attack.

You can read Dr Hambleton’s full speech here.

AMA steps up campaign against self-education expenses cap

The AMA has ramped up its campaign against the Federal Government’s $2000 cap on tax deductions for work-related self-education expenses, launching a website dedicated to fighting the change and surveying doctors on how the controversial policy will affect their training and education.

AMA President, Dr Steve Hambleton, has issued a call to arms, writing to AMA members urging them to get involved in efforts to reverse the tax change, which he warned would undermine education and quality health care and stifle excellence.

Read more at the Federal AMA website.

Doubts linger over FBT liability for education expenses

Doubts linger over whether employers will be liable for fringe benefits tax when they spend more than $2000 on staff education, despite Federal Government assurances that that is not their intention.

Alarm has been raised that employers will be caught up in the controversial cap on tax deductions for self-education expenses because of a clause buried in a Government Discussion Paper on the tax change.

Read more in Australian Medicine at the AMA website.

AMA (NSW) President, A/Prof Brian Owler, opinion piece in the SMH

AMA (NSW) President had this opinion piece published in the Sydney Morning Herald opposing the cap on tax deductions for work-related self education expenses.

In it he writes, “The federal government proposes limiting tax-deductible continuing professional development expenses to $2000 a year. The impact this will have on doctors’ training will have serious consequences for healthcare standards and patients’ safety.”

Read the whole article at SMH.com.