Bleijie welcomes rejection of $20k spiritual healing trip
AN assault victim has lost a bid for taxpayer-funded compensation so she could receive "spiritual healing" in Canada, capping off a three-year legal wrangle.
Brisbanetimes reports the Queensland government had previously been ordered to foot the bill, which included more than $20,000 for the treatment program and airfares for the woman, who also planned to take a companion.
Victims Assist Queensland - a taxpayer-funded compensation scheme for victims of crime who receive up to $75,000 - filed an appeal and Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie supported the legal action.
In a decision published late Wednesday, the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal endorsed Victims Assist Queensland's decision to knock back the claim.
Mr Bleijie said it would have cost taxpayers thousands of dollars for unproven treatment.
"The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) had previously ordered the Government to pay for the woman to fly to an overseas spiritual healing reserve to treat her post-traumatic stress disorder," Mr Bleijie said.
"The bill included more than $20,000 for airfares and the treatment program.
"The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, claimed healing programs for indigenous people in Australia were ineffective.
"A re-hearing by QCAT found that the expenditure was unreasonable for numerous reasons, including a lack of evidence that the treatment would significantly assist the woman.
"I absolutely respect and understand the benefits of rehabilitation for victims of crime but it was inconceivable that treatment couldn't be found here in Queensland."