Naturopath wins case against ombudsman

The Queensland Health Ombudsman acted too hastily when it assumed ozone therapy had put the patient at risk, tribunal finds

The Queensland Health Ombudsman acted “precipitately” when it disciplined a naturopath and Chinese medicine practitioner who injected ozone into a patient’s back muscles, a tribunal has found.

The case was based on the assumption that the patient’s worsening back pain was due to the practitioner injecting into the spine, which was not the case, the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal found.

In a decision handed down this week, the tribunal awarded costs to the practitioner, who was restricted from offering ozone