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Ill students fall behind

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CHILDREN hospitalis­ed with a chronic illness are up to three times more likely to fall behind at school, new research has revealed.

One in every 10 kids under 14 live with a chronic health condition, including heart disease, diabetes and asthma, that can lead to hospitalis­ations that last days, weeks or even months.

The University of NSW study found that 40 per cent of the most severely affected children – those who were hospitalis­ed more than seven times or longer than 15 days – didn’t take the NAPLAN test.

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