Questions over Holly’s tragic end
THE parents of a Julatten teen who died suddenly at the 2015 Laura Rodeo and Races have questioned whether the performance of two clinic nurses would be probed during the inquest.
Counsel assisting the Coroner Joanna Cull said the inquest would focus on the response to the medical emergency, whether it could have been managed better and, if so, how.
“Major public events occur rural and remote Queensland, often against a background of constraints such as limited access to emergency and medical services, limited communication and limited resources,” Ms Cull said during the pre-inquest conference at the Cairns courthouse.
“The key question is how to achieve the right balance between risk and resources.”
The 17-year-old had been camping with her parents at the event when she died suddenly on June 27.
The cause of death was difficult to isolate, with the forensic pathologic considering the most likely cause to be arrhythmia.
Ms Cull said the focus of the inquest would be on how organisations might work together to ensure co-ordinated planning for medical emergencies.
A second pre-inquest conference was set for April 28.
Holly Brown died at Laura Rodeo and Races in 2015
Sophie Hamilton of Mossman