Today TEDxNewy is proud to announce Dr. Peter Saul’s TEDxNewy talk has been selected to feature on TED.com.
Having been deeply involved in the dying process of over 4,000 patients in the past 35 years, Dr. Saul has taken an interest in how we die, and how this has changed beyond all recognition in a single generation.
Recorded at the inaugural TEDxNewy on 12 November 2011, Dr. Saul calls on us to make clear our preferences for end of life care and suggests two ideas for starting the conversation.
Dr. Peter Saul is a Senior Intensivist in the adult and paediatric ICU at John Hunter Hospital, and Director of Intensive Care at Newcastle Private Hospital. Having trained in Cambridge, London, Sydney and Harvard, he came to Newcastle to help start up the new ICU at John Hunter, and never left. He has held the position of Head of Discipline for Medicinal Ethics at Newcastle University, and now provides ethical advice to the State and Federal health departments
Fewer than one per cent of all TEDxTalks (at last count there was over 12,900) have ever been selected to feature TED.com. Dr. Peter Saul’s talk will now sit alongside talks by speakers from the annual TED conference held in Long Beach California – people such as Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Bono and Al Gore.
Aside from the actual day itself having been so well received and videos from TEDxNewy speakers already garnering thousands of views on YouTube, having one of these talks selected to feature on TED.com is the icing on the cake. I am thrilled that Dr. Saul’s talk will be broadcast to a much wider audience. Within seven hours of being on TED.com, his talk has already been viewed over 34,000 times.