Ques­tions over Holly’s tragic end

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Janessa Ek­ert

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.

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Holly Brown died at Laura Rodeo and Races in 2015

So­phie Hamil­ton of Moss­man

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