Sara Burke is a journalist, broadcaster and health policy analyst. She is a research fellow in the Centre for Health Policy and Management in Trinity College Dublin. She is currently co-ordinating a new HRB funded three-year research programme, called ‘Pathways to Universal Health Care’. Some of the Trinity work is here.
Sara has a weekly health slot on RTE Radio 1’s Drivetime programme, which is usually aired on a Thursday between 5 and 6pm, but can go out other days, depending on breaking news. She writes regularly for the Irish Independent and a fortnightly column for the Medical Independent.
She has completed a PhD in Health Service Research in Trinity College Dublin. This was part of a joint programme with University College Cork and Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland which is now called the SHPERE programme. Her PhD was an in-depth health policy making analysis, specifically looking at policies which sought to increase private, for-profit hospital care. Anyone interested in studying health systems/public health academic research should seriously consider the SPHERE programme. It’s a fantastic programme.
In October 2013, Sara won the Glaxo Smith Klein broadcast media award for her four part series on inequalities in access to mental health services – see here for link to podcasts.
She has written a book on the Irish health system called Irish Apartheid, Healthcare Inequality in Ireland, which was published by New Island at the end of June 2009. She is a regular broadcaster and writer, with her work appearing in Irish newspapers, magazines, radio and TV programmes. On 30 September 2009, she won the Glaxo Smith and Klein print medical media of the year award.
From 2004 to 2006, Sara worked as managing editor in Village magazine, a weekly political magazine edited by Vincent Browne. 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.