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DOCTORS are calling for a national ban on Snapchat videos of live surgery claiming they present an infection and privacy risk and could jeopardise surgical outcomes.
One major private hospital’s clinical committee has already moved to ban the videos and Facebook has taken down at least one live surgery video because it was too graphic.
Sydney’s Westmead Private Hospital has confirmed its Medical Advisory Committee banned snapchatting of live surgery last month.
Plastic surgeon Dr Laith Barnouti is calling for Westmead’s ban to become nationwide, claiming the filming of surgery carries an infection risk and distracts doctors and nurses from patient care.
“Even though the patient has consented to live surgery broadcast they have no control over what is shown,” he said. THIS is the first generation of Queensland parents left to raise their own children without a wider support network, and some find it a struggle.
One of the nation’s top child experts says transient parents are in a constant state of fear that is paralysing them from taking control of their children. The lack of grandparents and wider family network to offer support and advice is leaving them floundering.
Mums and dads were scared of the kids not liking them, afraid of the word “no” and panicked at being embarrassed by public toddler tantrums, Dr Michael Carr- Gregg said.
“There has been a trend of families moving locations for employment so they have lost the extended family and it’s having a big impact on parents left to fend for themselves,” he said. “Some would say they are not doing a very good job.” NORTH Queensland’s biggest annual sporting event, the Watpac Townsville 400, hits Reid Park in less than a week, with an expected crowd of 140,000 over the three days.
The event will feature plenty of racing action, along with a Saturday night concert featuring rock royalty – Jimmy Barnes and James Reyne.
Supercars event manager Rachael White said the precinct was starting to take shape.
“We have been working hard on the physical build for the past five weeks, and following months of planning and consultation it’s great to finally see the event taking shape,” she said.
Virgin Australia has added seven extra flights to and from Townsville during race week, allowing a large influx of interstate visitors for this year’s event.
“Economic injection for the region is huge,” Ms White said. “We get 90,000 visitors and over $ 20 million every year.
“Walking around Townsville there is a real buzz about what will happen on track next week, especially with a great battle going on at the top of the championship leaderboard between the Shell V- Power Team and the Red Bull Holden Racing Team.”
This year will have one of the largest line- ups of support categories ever, including the Dunlop Super2 Series, Toyota 86, Australian GTs and Aussie Racing Cars.
The weekend is familyfriendly, with a large variety of entertainment on and off the track.
The concert included in a Saturday ticket or a weekend pass will allow spectators to watch the racing action finish before rolling in to a great concert.
“The performers are iconic and all about rock, so it’s a great fit for Townsville,” Ms White said.
“It’s a genre that our core fans will enjoy.”
In celebration of the release of Disney- Pixar’s movie, a Cars Pit Stop will be the ultimate racing destination for families with activities for all ages, younger fans will be able to see the new- look Lightning McQueen.
As the track becomes finalised, road closures are now in place with Boundary St and Charters Towers Rd as the main roads affected.
Grandstand seats are available for three days of Supercars action at the Watpac Townsville 400, July 7- 9.
Children 12 and under will receive free entry with a paying adult.