Dr Anne Croker

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health

Career Summary

Biography

I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Rural Health in Tamworth. In 2011 I completed my PhD exploring collaboration in health care teams and received the Outstanding Thesis of Year Award from Charles Sturt University’s Faculty of Science. My current research exploring how students learn to work with other health professions is a natural extension of my PhD. From my long term interest in patient-centred collaborative health care and experience with qualitative research methods I am well positioned to embrace the complexity of inter-professional education and learning.

My interest in collaboration extends to writing. As well as writing collaboratively with my UON colleagues, I have also edited books and co-authored book chapters with people of different disciplines from different universities

I also hold an Adjunct Research Fellow position with Charles Sturt University.

Research Expertise
Hermeneutic phenomenology, philosophical hermeneutics, collaborative dialogical inquiry

Teaching Expertise
Through my interest in collaboration, interprofessional rapport and practice-based education I work collaboratively with educators to facilitate their explicit role modelling of interprofessional practice.

Administrative Expertise
I participate in our research community practice.

Collaborations
My research project exploring how students learn to work with other professions involves 2 interrelated phases:

- Phase 1 using a philosophical hermeneutic research approach to explore the question "How do students in a co-located setting learn to work with other health professions?", and

- Phase 2 using collaborative dialogical inquiry (with academic colleagues as co-researchers) exploring the research question "How do educators in a co-located setting work together to prepare students for collaborative practice?"


Qualifications

  • PhD, Charles Sturt University
  • Registered Physiotherapist, Physiotherapy Board of Australia

Keywords

  • collaboration
  • health care
  • hermeneutics
  • interpofessional practice
  • interprofessional learning
  • phenomenology
  • practice-based education
  • rural health
  • teamwork

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified 50
220310 Phenomenology 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Newcastle
University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/04/2012 -  Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Newcastle
Department of Rural Health
Australia

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2011 -  Membership - Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Profession Association Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Profession Association
Australia

Awards

Recognition

Year Award
2011 Faculty of Science Thesis of Year
Charles Sturt University
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Higgs J, Croker A, Tasker D, Hummell J, Patton N, Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 262 (2014) [A3]
2008 Smith M, Webb G, Skinner M, Contexts of Physiotherapy Practice, Churchill Livingstone, Chatswood, 340 (2008) [A2]
2008 Smith M, Webb G, Skinner M, Contexts of Physiotherapy Practice, Churchill Livingstone, Chatswood, 340 (2008) [A2]

Chapter (51 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Croker AL, Grotowski M, Croker J, 'Interpersonal communication for interprofessional collaboration', Critical Conversations for Patient Safety - An Essential Guide for Health Professionals, Pearson Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW 50-61 (2014) [B2]
2014 Croker AL, Sheehan D, Iedema R, 'Healthcare Systems and Spaces', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 17-26 (2014) [B1]
2014 Hummell J, Tasker D, Croker AL, 'Healthcare systems and policies', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publications, Rotterdam 229-236 (2014) [B1]
2014 Coyle J, Croker AL, 'Working in Teams: Where is the client?', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 65-74 (2014) [B1]
2014 Croker AL, Trede F, Higgs J, 'Collaboration and Collaborating', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 75-84 (2014) [B1]
2014 Croker AL, Croker J, Grotowski M, 'Changing Directions in Healthcare', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 27-36 (2014) [B1]
2014 Tasker D, Croker AL, Patton N, Higgs J, 'Health practice and relationships', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 221-228 (2014) [B1]
2014 Patton N, Higgs J, Smith M, 'Relationships in clinical education: "It comes down to the people more than the place"', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publications, Rotterdam 135-142 (2014)
2014 Fisher KA, Grotowski M, 'Caring for Patients Who Have Sexually Transmitted Infections: Getting the team on board', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 171-178 (2014) [B1]
Co-authors Karin Fisher
2014 Fisher KA, Grotowski M, 'Caring for Patients Who Have Sexually Transmitted Infections: Getting the team on board', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 171-178 (2014) [B1]
Co-authors Karin Fisher
2014 Horsfall D, Higgs J, 'People caring: Negotiating the space between an ethic of caring and keeping your distance', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publications, Rotterdam 85-92 (2014)
2014 Bowles W, Patton N, 'Expectations and responsibilities', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publications, Rotterdam 101-110 (2014)
2014 Stewart-Wynne E, MacDonald F, 'Interprofessional training wards', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publications, Rotterdam 203-210 (2014)
2014 Croker AL, Sheehan D, Iedema R, 'Healthcare Systems and Spaces', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 17-26 (2014) [B1]
2014 Hummell J, Tasker D, Croker AL, 'Healthcare systems and policies', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publications, Rotterdam 229-236 (2014) [B1]
2014 Coyle J, Croker AL, 'Working in Teams: Where is the client?', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 65-74 (2014) [B1]
2014 Tasker D, Jones P, 'In their space: Healthcare at home', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publications, Rotterdam 127-134 (2014)
2014 Hummell J, 'Healthcare relationships: Stories from a family member and a health professional', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publications, Rotterdam 195-202 (2014)
2014 Little FH, Brown L, Grotowski M, Harris D, 'Interprofessional Relationships in Healthcare Practice', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 143-152 (2014) [B1]
Co-authors Fiona Little, Leanne Brown
2014 Little FH, Brown L, Grotowski M, Harris D, 'Interprofessional Relationships in Healthcare Practice', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 143-152 (2014) [B1]
Co-authors Fiona Little, Leanne Brown
2014 Croker AL, Croker J, Grotowski M, 'Changing Directions in Healthcare', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 27-36 (2014) [B1]
2014 Higgs J, Patton N, 'Professional practice', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publications, Rotterdam 9-16 (2014)
2014 Hummell J, Gates A, 'Negotiating healthcare relationships through communication', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publications, Rotterdam 57-64 (2014)
2014 Patton N, Higgs J, 'Implications for health professional education', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publications, Rotterdam 237-244 (2014)
2014 Smith AN, 'Health Education and Practice Relationships in a Rural Context', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 161-170 (2014) [B1]
Co-authors Tony Smith
2014 Smith AN, 'Health Education and Practice Relationships in a Rural Context', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 161-170 (2014) [B1]
Co-authors Tony Smith
2014 Goddard L, 'Developing professional relationships with clients' families: Mothers of children with disabilities', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publications, Rotterdam 119-126 (2014)
2014 Levett-Jones T, 'Person-centred care (in nursing): Seek first to understand and then to be understood', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publications, Rotterdam 111-118 (2014)
2014 Adamson L, 'Long-term mental health relationships: Community mental health', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publications, Rotterdam 179-186 (2014)
2014 Hudson JN, Weston K, 'The Benefits of Longitudinal Relationships with Patients for Developing Health Professionals: The longitudinal student-patient relationship', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 211-218 (2014) [B1]
Co-authors Nicky Hudson
2014 Hudson JN, Weston K, 'The Benefits of Longitudinal Relationships with Patients for Developing Health Professionals: The longitudinal student-patient relationship', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 211-218 (2014) [B1]
Co-authors Nicky Hudson
2014 Trede F, Flowers R, 'Patient-centred context of health practice relationships', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publications, Rotterdam 37-48 (2014)
2014 Patton N, Nicholls N, 'Access, agency and abilities', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publications, Rotterdam 93-100 (2014)
2014 Turnham R, Tasker D, 'Care and control in ongoing healthcare relationships: Making decisions for someone else', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publications, Rotterdam 187-194 (2014)
2014 Rae KM, Weatherall L, 'Relationships in Indigenous Health Practice: Long conversations and embraced vulnerabilities within the Gomeroi gaaynggal Centre', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 153-160 (2014) [B1]
Co-authors Kym Rae
2014 Rae KM, Weatherall L, 'Relationships in Indigenous Health Practice: Long conversations and embraced vulnerabilities within the Gomeroi gaaynggal Centre', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 153-160 (2014) [B1]
Co-authors Kym Rae
2014 Tasker D, Higgs J, 'Professionalism and relationships: Balancing interests', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publications, Rotterdam 49-56 (2014)
2014 Tasker D, Croker AL, Patton N, Higgs J, 'Health practice and relationships', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 221-228 (2014) [B1]
2012 Croker AL, Tasker D, McAllister L, Street A, 'Talking with colleagues, patients, clients and carers', Communicating in the Health Sciences, Third Edition, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, VIC 174-186 (2012)
2012 Croker AL, Coyle J, 'Communicating in teams', Communicating in the health sciences, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, VIC, Australia 280-289 (2012)
2012 Croker AL, Trede F, Higgs J, 'Realising Exemplary Practice-Based Education', Realising Exemplary Practice-Based Education, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 57-68 (2012)
2011 Croker A, Tooth J-A, 'Creating spaces to bring living practice into living practice', Creative spaces for qualitative researching, Sense, Rotterdam 23-32 (2011) [B1]
2009 Croker A, Trede F, 'Involving critical friends in writing', Writing Qualitative Research on Practice, Sense, Rotterdam 231-242 (2009) [B1]
2008 Croker AL, Hale L, Tasker D, 'The expansion of community-based physiotherapy', Contexts of Physiotherapy Practice, Churchill Livingstone, Chatswood, NSW 139-150 (2008) [B2]
2008 Croker AL, Coyle J, Hobbs C, 'Teams and collaboration in physiotherapy practice', Contexts of Physiotherapy Practice, Churchill Livingstone, Chatswood, NSW 260-273 (2008) [B2]
2008 Grotowski M, Croker A, Smith M, 'Self Management: Managing yourself as a Physiotherapist', Contexts in Physiotherapy Practice, Elsevier, Sydney, Australia 289-300 (2008) [B2]
2008 Croker AL, Bent A, Milosavljevic S, 'Working in rural and remote physiotherapy', Contexts of Physiotherapy Practice, Churchill Livingstone, Chatswood, NSW 151-163 (2008) [B2]
2008 Croker A, Higgs J, Loftus S, 'Multidisciplinary clinical decision-making', Clinical Reasoning in the Health Professions, Elsevier, Sydney 291-298 (2008) [B2]
2008 Croker AL, Hale L, Tasker D, 'The expansion of community-based physiotherapy', Contexts of Physiotherapy Practice, Churchill Livingstone, Chatswood, NSW 139-150 (2008) [B2]
2008 Croker AL, Coyle J, Hobbs C, 'Teams and collaboration in physiotherapy practice', Contexts of Physiotherapy Practice, Churchill Livingstone, Chatswood, NSW 260-273 (2008) [B2]
2008 Croker AL, Bent A, Milosavljevic S, 'Working in rural and remote physiotherapy', Contexts of Physiotherapy Practice, Churchill Livingstone, Chatswood, NSW 151-163 (2008) [B2]
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Journal article (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Croker A, Fisher K, Smith T, 'When students from different professions are co-located: the importance of interprofessional rapport for learning to work together', JOURNAL OF INTERPROFESSIONAL CARE, 29 41-48 (2015)
DOI 10.3109/13561820.2014.937481
Co-authors Tony Smith, Karin Fisher
2015 Massey S, Fisher K, Croker A, Smith T, 'Collaboration across the health care and education interface: what is it like for teachers of children with traumatic brain injury?', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PRIMARY HEALTH, 21 74-78 (2015)
DOI 10.1071/PY13035
Co-authors Tony Smith, Karin Fisher
2012 Croker A, Trede F, Higgs J, 'Collaboration: What is it like? - Phenomenological interpretation of the experience of collaborating within rehabilitation teams', Journal of Interprofessional Care, 26 13-20 (2012) [C1]

Although a core component of many current health-care directions, interprofessional collaboration continues to challenge educators and health professionals. This paper aims to inf... [more]

Although a core component of many current health-care directions, interprofessional collaboration continues to challenge educators and health professionals. This paper aims to inform the development of collaborative practice by illuminating the experiences of collaborating within rehabilitation teams. The researchers focused on experiences that transcended team members' professional role categorizations in order to bring individuals and their lived experiences to the forefront. An inclusive view of "teams" and "collaboration" was adopted and the complexity and multifaceted nature of collaborating were explored through a hermeneutic phenomenological approach. Semi-structured interviews were used to gather data about experiences of collaborating in nine rehabilitation teams. Sixty-six team members across nine teams were interviewed. Eight interdependent dimensions, core to the experience of collaborating, emerged from the analysis of the data. Five dimensions expressed interpersonal dimensions of endeavor: engaging positively with other peoples' diversity; entering into the form and feel of the team; establishing ways of communicating and working together; envisioning together frameworks for patients' rehabilitation and effecting changes in people and situations. Three reviewing dimensions, reflexivity, reciprocity and responsiveness, operated across the endeavor dimensions. By identifying meaning structures of the experience of collaborating, this study highlights the importance of seeing beyond team members' professional affiliations and being aware of their contextualized interpersonal and activity-related collaborating capabilities. © 2012 Informa UK, Ltd.

DOI 10.3109/13561820.2011.623802
Citations Scopus - 3
2009 Croker A, Higgs J, Trede F, 'What do we mean by 'collaboration' and when is a 'team' not a 'team'?: A qualitative unbundling of terms and meanings', Qualitative Research Journal, 9 28-42 (2009) [C1]

'Collaboration' and 'team' are terms commonly used in literature related to the provision of health care, including rehabilitation. However, the complexity of the phenomena repres... [more]

'Collaboration' and 'team' are terms commonly used in literature related to the provision of health care, including rehabilitation. However, the complexity of the phenomena represented by these terms is often overlooked. 'Collaboration' is rarely defined, and 'teams' are often presented as easily identifiable and stable entities. Simplistic use of these terms often results in different aspects of interprofessional practice being researched and discussed without reference to the 'messiness' (the ambiguities and complexities) surrounding professional practice. As a consequence, health professionals may have difficulties in understanding the relevance of such research to their particular situations. This paper explores the complexities of the phenomenon of collaboration and the concept of team, with the aim of highlighting the benefits of researchers embracing rather than simplifying these phenomena. The paper reports on emerging models in action, which is one part of a wider research project exploring collaboration within rehabilitation teams. The research approach was informed by hermeneutic phenomenology. Insights gained through this project led to the development of two models: the first conceptualising collaboration in relation to domains of process, product and players; the other model proposing the notion of collaborative arenas. The model of collaborative arenas recognises the blurred boundaries and interrelated team memberships that occur in rehabilitation teams. Both models informed ongoing data collection and analysis for this research project and have potential to inform conceptualisation of teams and collaboration for other researchers. © RMIT Publishing.

DOI 10.3316/QRJ0901028
Citations Scopus - 4
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Conference (12 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Fisher KA, Croker A, Smith T, May J, 'Grappling with a shared understanding of 'interprofessional learning': "I know what i mean... but what do we mean"', ANZAHPE-AMEA 2015 Conference, Newcastle (2015)
Co-authors Tony Smith, Karin Fisher, Jenny May
2015 Little AL, Croker A, Brown L, Crowley E, ''Bang for buck' In interprofessional learning grants: Should we be funding catalysts or coercers of interprofessional rapport?', ANZAHPE-AMEA 2015 Conference, Newcastle (2015)
Co-authors Leanne Brown
2015 Wolfgang RL, Croker A, Wakely K, Harries-Jones H, 'Interprofessionally practice what you interprofessionally preach', ANZAHPE-AMEA 2015 Conference, Newcastle (2015)
Co-authors Katrina Wakely, Rebecca Wolfgang
2014 Fisher KA, Croker A, May J, Smith T, 'Are we on the same page yet?": Using photo-elicitation for shared understandings within an interpretive research team', N/A, Sydney (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Karin Fisher, Tony Smith, Jenny May
2014 Croker AL, Harries-Jones H, Wakely L, Brown L, Little A, Fisher K, 'Preparing students for collaborative healthcare practice: Valuing educators' interdisciplinary rapport', Proceedings of the 2014 Practice-Based Education Summit, Sydney (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Leanne Brown, Karin Fisher, Luke Wakely
2014 Croker AL, Wolfgang R, Leys J, Wakely K, Fisher K, Smith T, et al., 'Students as Individuals in Interprofessional Learning: Should there be an 'I' in 'Team'?', ANZAHPE 2014 Conference Handbook & Program, Gold Coast (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Jacqui Leys, Katrina Wakely, Rebecca Wolfgang, Tony Smith, Karin Fisher
2014 Croker AL, Wakely L, Fisher K, 'Interprofessional collaboration as a context for patient-centred care: Compassion or competition', Compassion and Care in a Changing World the 3rd Asia-Pacific Internation Conference on Qualitative Research in Nursing, Midwifery and Health, Newcastle (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Karin Fisher, Luke Wakely
2013 Croker AL, Higgs J, 'Collaboration in health care - "Are we together on this?". A hermeneutic interpretation of the literature', Proceedings of 38th World Hospital Congress Future Healthcare - The Opportunities of New Technology, Oslo, Norway (2013) [E3]
2013 Croker AL, Fisher K, Smith A, May J, 'Of vacuums and scaffolds: Interprofessional learning on a rural clinical placement', The 2013 Practice-Based Education Summit http://csusap.csu.edu.au/~areport/documents/pbe_summit_2013/Handbook.pdf, Sydney, NSW, Australia (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Tony Smith, Karin Fisher, Jenny May
2013 Croker AL, May J, Fisher K, Smith A, 'A Moving Feast of Opportunities: How do Students in Rural Areas Learn to Work with other Professions?', Handbook & Program of ANZAHPE 2013 - Professional Development of Health Professional Educators, Melbourne (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Karin Fisher, Tony Smith, Jenny May
2012 Croker AL, Trede F, Higgs J, 'Embracing the complexity of collaboration in health care', Interprofessional Education for Quality Use of Medicines Symposium, Newcastle, NSW (2012) [E3]
2012 Croker A, Smith AN, Fisher KA, May JA, 'Exploring interprofessional education - Seeing the whole elephant', Symposium Program. Interprofessional Education for Quality Use of Medicines, Newcastle Beach, NSW (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Karin Fisher, Tony Smith, Jenny May
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 1
Total funding $1,500

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20141 grants / $1,500

ANZAHPE: Developing Health Professional Educators: Connecting science and theory with learning for clinical practice$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Anne Croker
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400512
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Dr Anne Croker

Position

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Email anne.croker@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 67 553521
Fax (02) 6761 2355

Office

Building Tamworth Education Centre
Location Tamworth

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