Sara Burke is a journalist, broadcaster and health policy analyst. She has a weekly health slot on RTE Radio 1’s Drivetime programme, which is usually aired on a Thursday, but can go out other days, depending on breaking news.
She has just written a book on the Irish health system called Irish Apartheid, Healthcare Inequality in Ireland, which will be published by New Island at the end of June 2009. Her writings and thoughts are regulars features in Irish newspapers, magazines, radio and TV programmes.
She is currently in year one of a PhD in Health Service Research in Trinity College Dublin. This is part of a joint programme with University College Cork and Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
From 2004 to 2006, Sara worked as managing editor in Village magazine, a weekly political magazine edited by Vincent Browne. She still writes occasionally for its new incarnation under the editorship of Michael Smith.
She has worked in, researched and written on inequalities in public health, health and social services since 1992.
From 2000 to 2004, she was a policy analyst in the Institute of Public Health, an all Ireland organisation, which advises governments, North and South, on strategies to reduce health inequalities. For two and half years in the late 1990s, she worked as a researcher and policy officer in the Department of Health.
From 1992 to 1997, she worked an outreach street worker for Focus Ireland with homeless teenagers in Dublin’s city centre.
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