The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has welcomed the decision of the Abbott Government to scrap the former Government’s proposed cap on tax deductions for work-related self-education expenses.
The proposed measure was bad public policy, and contrary to the interests of a skilled workforce with the most up-to-date professional knowledge to assist in the treatment of patients.
As a condition of ongoing registration to practice, pharmacists by law must undertake a mandatory amount of continuing professional development, with accredited pharmacists having additional requirements. It made no sense to cap the level of support for this mandatory self-education.
The Executive Director of the Guild, David Quilty, said: “This is a good decision by Treasurer Hockey. By abolishing the proposal, the Abbott Government has removed a risk that the quality and safety of health delivery in Australia would be reduced.
“We were pleased to be able to work constructively with the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia – as well as many other professional organisations – to make the case against this counterproductive savings measure,” he said.