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EIT - Get Wise About Your Health

The Get Wise project aims to co-create and deliver an innovative online platform in conjunction with people with intellectual disability (ID).

This education, delivered in an accessible easy-read manner, addresses two great difficulties people with ID experience in managing their own health.

Firstly, due to greater health challenges, health needs are often unmet, resulting in significant health disparities globally.

Secondly, people with ID have high levels of communication difficulties, with one in three reporting difficulty when talking to their healthcare professionals. Therefore, the need for reasonable adjustment when developing any form of education is essential.

This project will empower individuals with ID with the knowledge, skills and confidence to manage their own health and become more ‘health savvy.

Get Wise About Your Health - Supporting People with Intellectual Disability to be Health Savvy

Online Showcase Event - Wednesday, 27th January 2021

P.I. Biography

Ussher Assistant Professor in Ageing and Intellectual Disability

Dr Burke was appointed as the Ussher Assistant Professor in Ageing and Intellectual Disability, TCD in September 2016. She originally trained as a general nurse and then in the field of intellectual disability now having over 25 years’ experience in this area.

Her specific area of interest is bone health and health assessment with her related research interests include physical health and wellbeing, inclusionary methods of healthcare screening and healthcare engagement, accessible health promotion and promoting research involvement of people with intellectual disability.

Her research is situated within the Intellectual Disability Supplement to The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (IDS-TILDA) where she has worked for 10 years. She designed an accessible health assessment in 2013 for inclusion in the longitudinal study and led its roll out in the second wave of data collection and now in Wave 4 of the IDS-TILDA study.

Dr. Burke is the Associate Director of the Trinity Center for Ageing and Intellectual Disability (TCAID) and is leading the physical health theme of the TCAID guiding the future focus of this theme. Dr Burke is the PI of the EIT Health European project ‘Get Wise about your Health’ developing health education programmes for individuals with intellectual disability. Administratively Dr. Burke is the Director of the Masters in Ageing Health and Wellbeing in Intellectual Disability in the School of Nursing and Midwifery in TCD, which is a new and unique course she designed underpinned and led by the research emanating from the IDS-TILDA study. Dr Burke is a committed teacher and has been involved in education throughout her career. Her contribution to education and the profession has included co-ordination and development of modules and courses at undergraduate and post graduate level and she is currently the external examiner at Queens University Belfast. She has extensive experience supervising students at masters and PhD level. Dr. Burke has a number of publications and has disseminated widely through national and international conferences.

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