Mrs Hayley Croft

Mrs Hayley Croft

Casual Lecturer

School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy (Pharmacy and Experimental Pharmacology)

Career Summary


My research interests are focused on developing and evaluating professional pharmacy education.  Since 2011 I have been actively involved in research investigating simulation-based teaching and learning approaches within pharmacy school curricula. These areas of simulation have included high fidelity manikins, simulated patients and augmented/ virtual reality. In 2013 I led a project supported by a Teaching and Learning grant, examining the use of video and animation for improving communication skill acquisition for pharmacy students. Since then I have investigated the use of simulation based assessments in health professional training, and used simulated patient interactions to examine clinical decision making processes by community pharmacists using a qualitative methodology. This has led to my current area of study which involves the development and validation of a framework for providing evaluation of pharmacists during simulated medication supply tasks.

Other research interests include optimising the role of the accredited pharmacist, professional service delivery in community pharmacy, the role of the pharmacist in supply of medicinal cannabis and enhancing medication management skills for Nurse Practitioners.  

I am a registered pharmacist and an accredited consultant pharmacist, and practice in the community pharmacy sector regularly. I contribute to teaching into the areas of Pharmacy Practice, Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacotherapeutics in the B.Pharm at the University of Newcastle.


  • Bachelor of Pharmacy, University of Sydney


  • Clinical Reasoning
  • Communications
  • Community Pharmacy
  • Competency assessment
  • Medication Reviews
  • Pharmacy
  • Simulation

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
130103 Higher Education 30
080111 Virtual Reality and Related Simulation 10
111503 Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice 60

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Journal article (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Croft H, Gilligan C, Rasiah R, Levett-Jones T, Schneider J, 'Thinking in Pharmacy Practice: A Study of Community Pharmacists' Clinical Reasoning in Medication Supply Using the Think-Aloud Method.', Pharmacy (Basel, Switzerland), 6 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/pharmacy6010001
Citations Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Rohan Rasiah, Tracy Levett-Jones, Conor Gilligan, Jennifer Schneider

Conference (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Hookham G, Nesbitt K, Cooper J, Croft H, Rasiah R, 'Gamification for education: Designing a pharmacy education game', Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) (2015) [E1]

© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015. A key motivator for the use of serious games has been the notion that ¿gamification¿ provides users with an additional level ... [more]

© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015. A key motivator for the use of serious games has been the notion that ¿gamification¿ provides users with an additional level of engagement. This study examines a traditional model of usability in terms of engagement and efficacy, presenting the results obtained from a formative evaluation of a serious game prototype that has been developed to assist in pharmacy education.

Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Keith Nesbitt, Joyce Cooper, Rohan Rasiah
2015 Hunter SM, Johnston CL, Rasiah R, Roberts E, O'Toole G, MacDonald-Wicks L, et al., 'Using healthy ageing as a vehicle for interprofessional education', 6th International Clinical Skills Conference. Abstracts, Prato, Tuscany (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Elysa Roberts, Sharyn Hunter, Gjyn Otoole, Cath Johnston, Rohan Rasiah, Lesley Wicks
2014 Croft H, Rasiah R, Cooper J, Nesbitt K, 'Comparing Animation with Video For Teaching Communication Skills', Proceedings of the 2014 Conference on Interactive Entertainment, Newcastle, NSW (2014) [E1]
DOI 10.1145/2677758.2677777
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Joyce Cooper, Rohan Rasiah, Keith Nesbitt
2014 Hookham G, Cooper J, Rasiah R, Croft H, Nesbitt K, 'Efficacy and Usability in the Design of a Pharmacy Education Game', ENTERTAINMENT COMPUTING - ICEC 2014, Sydney, AUSTRALIA (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Joyce Cooper, Rohan Rasiah, Keith Nesbitt
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Grants and Funding


Number of grants 1
Total funding $10,000

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20181 grants / $10,000

Simulation based assessment for evaluating pharmacists' competence in clinical decision making during medication review and supply$10,000

Funding body: Pharmacy Council of New South Wales

Funding body Pharmacy Council of New South Wales
Project Team Mrs Hayley Croft, Doctor Conor Gilligan, Associate Professor Jenny Schneider, Associate Professor Rohan Rasiah, Tracy Levett-Jones
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1800462
Type Of Funding C2220 - Aust StateTerritoryLocal - Other
Category 2220

Mrs Hayley Croft


Casual Lecturer
School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Pharmacy and Experimental Pharmacology

Contact Details

Phone (02) 4985 4263
Fax (02) 4921 7903


Room MS110
Building Medical Sciences Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308