Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DANNI SHAFIK danielle. shafik@ news. com. au

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.

EX­CIT­ING: Su­per­cars events man­ager Rachael White in front of the big top that is be­ing as­sem­bled at Reid Park. Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

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