We work to improve the interface between health and education. This involves providing clinical services, for example assessing and teaching children whose education has been compromised by their health condition, and also conducting research into how illness affects children’s learning ability.
Our current research involves studying cognitive outcomes in children with various conditions such as epilepsy, neurofibromatosis type 1, cancer, and children who have had febrile seizures following vaccination. The aim is to be able to predict future cognitive problems so that intervention and support can be given to children as early as possible.
CHERI was established in 1996, in association with the University of Western Sydney, University of Sydney, NSW Department of Education and Training, and the Catholic Education Commission of NSW. It is now a highly regarded and nationally recognised institute.