In August 2019, rheumatic heart disease (RHD) patient Yvette Booth presented at Doomadgee Hospital in north-west Queensland with a cough, fever and vomiting. The 18-year-old was given paracetamol and turned away. It was the first of several visits to the Doomadgee and Townsville hospitals where it is alleged she failed to receive proper medical care.
A month later, Ms Booth died. Community leader and activist Alec Doomadgee is calling for the coroner to look at racism and is calling on the QLD Government to wipe out RHD by the 2032 Olympics.