Thomas Hartley

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Tom Hartley

Senior Research Fellow

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Dr Tom Hartley is a Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Health, School of Health Science and a Senior Biochemist and Quality Systems Manager in the Dept. of Pathology Services, Royal Hobart Hospital. His areas of expertise include nutraceuticals, instrumental methods of biochemical analysis, ISO 15189 Quality Systems, clinical laboratory data handling and statistics and computer programming.

Career summary


  • PhD, University of Leeds, UK. 1974, Thesis: Metabolism of Copper, Zinc and the Four Major Cations in Man
  •  BSc (Hons), University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), UK. 1969

Languages (other than English)

French and Spanish


Tom Hartley is a Clinical Biochemist, of some 46 years standing, who has specialized in nutritional biochemistry, metabolic bone disease, instrumental methods of analysis, quality control, laboratory statistics and laboratory computing.

He graduated in Chemistry from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in 1969. He then went to the University of Leeds where he completed his PhD research on 'The Metabolism of Copper Zinc and the Four Major Cations in Man'. He carried out two years of post doctoral research in the area of Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) of Post-Surgical Patients at St Mary's Hospital in Portsmouth. In 1974 he emigrated with his wife, Donna, to take up a Senior Biochemist's position at the IMVS in Adelaide. There he continued with R & D in the areas of TPN, nutritional biochemistry, calcium and bone metabolism in association with Dr David Thomas and Prof. Chris Nordin. 

In 1988 he was appointed Scientist Second in Charge of the Clinical Chemistry Dept. at the RHH. While at the RHH he has continued with his interest in nutritional biochemistry and was member the multidisciplinary Clinical Nutrition Team. In addition he has extended his interest in statistics and has completed the the second edition of his book 'Computerised Quality Control : Programs for the Analytical Laboratory' (Ellis Horwood, 1990). He has completed two major computing projects - the Pathology LIS Project in 1993 and the RHH Data Exchange Server Project in 1999. He is a competent programmer in the areas of statistics, computerised databases and the internet. He has held the position of Quality Manager for the RHH Department of Pathology since late 1999. In June 2004 he was appointed to a 0.25 FTE position as a Senior Research Fellow, School of Human Life Sciences, University of Tasmania.

Research Themes

Tom's research aligns with the University's theme of Better Health. His key areas of interest are:

  • Nutraceuticals
  • High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) analysis of nutraceuticals in biological fluids
  • Mathematical / Statistical modelling of biological systems / data sets (eg Bayesian analysis)

Administrative expertise

  • Computer project management (A laboratory LIS and a data exchange server)
  • Management of a Clinical Biochemistry Laboratory
  • Management of Quality Systems to specific ISO standards


Nutritional Biochemistry, Instrumental methods of biochemical analysis, Clinical Laboratory Data Handling and Statistics, Clinical Laboratory Quality Management

Teaching expertise

  • Nutritional biochemistry
  • Data handling and statistics
  • Laboratory instrumentation
  • Clinical Biochemistry

View more on Dr Thomas Hartley in WARP


  • Nutritional Biochemistry
  • Mineral Metabolism in Man
  • Instrumental methods of biochemical analysis (AAS, UV/Vis spectrophotometry, HPLC, electrode stripping voltammetry, electrophoresis, IR spectrophotometry, 'main frame' biochemical analysers eg Kodak Vitros )
  • Clinical Laboratory Data Handling and Statistics
  • Clinical Laboratory Management to ISO 15189 standard


Dr Hartley recently collaborated with the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre on the statistical aspects of their revised Dementia Knowledge Assessment Tool.

Current projects

Dr Hartley is currently investigating the use of micro blood samplers (Mitra) in home based monitoring of diabetics.

Fields of Research

  • Medical Biochemistry and Metabolomics (110199)
  • Medical and Health Sciences (119999)
  • Health Information Systems (incl. Surveillance) (111711)
  • Pathology (110316)
  • Clinical Chemistry (diagnostics) (110302)
  • Analytical Chemistry (030199)
  • Medical Biochemistry: Inorganic Elements and Compounds (110103)
  • Quality Management (150313)
  • Aged Health Care (111702)
  • Haematology (110202)
  • Cardiology (incl. Cardiovascular Diseases) (110201)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics (111199)
  • Primary Health Care (111717)

Research Objectives

  • Health (929999)
  • Diagnostic Methods (920203)
  • Nutrition (920411)
  • Health Related to Ageing (920502)
  • Cardiovascular System and Diseases (920103)
  • Preventive Medicine (920412)


Dr Hartley has published across all areas of his interests over the years. The most significant have been in the areas of trace and toxic metals in man, calcium and bone metabolism, total parenteral nutrition, laboratory quality control, HPLC analysis of capsaicins (derived from chillies) and most recently as a minor co-author of a paper on a revised Dementia Knowledge Assessment Tool (DKAT). Currently he is working on a monograph ' Statistical Analysis of Project Data Using Excel'

Total publications


Journal Article

(6 outputs)
2015Annear MJ, Toye C, Eccleston CE, McInerney FJ, Elliott KJ, et al., 'Dementia knowledge assessment scale: development and preliminary psychometric properties', American Geriatrics Society Journal, 63, (11) pp. 2375-2381. ISSN 0002-8614 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jgs.13707 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Annear MJ; Toye C; Eccleston CE; McInerney FJ; Elliott KJ; Tranter BK; Robinson AL


2013Hartley T, Stevens B, Ahuja KDK, Ball MJ, 'Development and experimental application of an HPLC procedure for the determination of capsaicin and dihydrocapsaicin in serum samples from human subjects', Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry, 28, (4) pp. 329-335. ISSN 0970-1915 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s12291-013-0297-0 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2

Co-authors: Stevens B; Ahuja KDK; Ball MJ


2011Hartley TF, Dun K, 'Testing Hygrometers Used in Cytogenetics Laboratories for Metaphase Preparation', Current Protocols in Human Genetics, (Jul) pp. A.2F.1-A.2F.8. ISSN 1934-8258 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/0471142905.hga02fs70 [eCite] [Details]


2010Hartley TF, 'An audit questionnaire that examines specifically the management of technical activities clauses in ISO 15189', Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry, 25, (1) pp. 92-98. ISSN 0970-1915 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s12291-010-0019-9 [eCite] [Details]


2009Beckett JM, Hartley TF, Ball MJ, 'Evaluation of the Randox colorimetric serum copper and zinc assays against atomic absorption spectroscopy', Annals of Clinical Biochemistry, 46, (4) pp. 322-326. ISSN 0004-5632 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1258/acb.2009.008253 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Beckett JM; Ball MJ


2003Hartley TF, 'The Statistical theory behind and a working example of the estimation of analytical precisions from paired RCPA QAP results', The Clinical Biochemist Newsletter, 150 pp. 4-7. (2003) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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Conference Publication

(12 outputs)
2013Hartley TF, Stevens BJ, Ahuja KDK, Ball MJ, 'Development and experimental application of an HPLC procedure for the determination of capsaicin and dihydrocapsaicin in serum samples from human subjects', Proceedings of the 40th International Symposium on High Performance Liquid Phase Separations and Related Techniques, 1-21 November 2013, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 26. (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Stevens BJ; Ahuja KDK; Ball MJ

2009Hartley TF, Bowling W, Fong S, Gibb A, Hen K, et al., 'SMS Tube: A novel way of giving specimen collectors 24/7 mobile access to our specimen requirements database', Indian Jounal of Clinical Biochemistry, 5-7th November, 2009, Kochi, India, pp. 198. (2009) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Bowling W; Wilson K; Zhang J; Herbert N

2009Hartley TF, 'Beyond Means and SDS: Recommended Statistics for Knowledge Extraction from Accumulated Pathology Data and Your Practice Experience', Indian Journal Of Clinical Biochemistry, 5-7th November, 2009, Kochi, India, pp. 57. (2009) [Conference Extract]

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2007Hartley TF, Stevens BJ, Ahuja KDK, 'Development of a HPLC Method for the Determination of Capsaicins in Human Plasma', Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry, 18-20 Dec, 2007, New Dehli, pp. 160. (2007) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Stevens BJ; Ahuja KDK

2006Hartley TF, 'A Document Control and Viewing System Designed to Meet ISO 15189 / NATA Medical Testing Accreditation Requirements for Pathology Laboratories', The Clinical Biochemist Review, October 2006, Hobart, pp. S33. ISSN 0159-8090 (2006) [Conference Extract]

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2005Hartley TF, 'A computerised document control system designed to meet NATA's requirements for accredition of pathology laboratories', Proceedings of the Tasmanian Workshop of the Australian Association of Quality in Health Care, March 2005, Hobart, pp. 1. (2005) [Conference Extract]

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2005Hartley TF, Hayes RJ, 'Some observations on instrument drift detection as applied to Prothrombin time measurements', Proceedings of the Tasmanian Haematology Immunology and Neoplasis Group, March 2005, Hobart Tasmania, pp. 1. (2005) [Conference Extract]

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2001Hartley TF, 'Enabling Laboratory Quality Management via your intranet', Australian Association of Clinical Biochemists, October 2001, Auckland New Zealand, pp. 1. (2001) [Conference Extract]

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2000Hartley TF, 'Physiological Biochemistry of Nutritional Support', Joint AIMS AACB Meeting, April 2000, Australia, pp. 1. (2000) [Conference Extract]

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2000Hartley TF, 'Some experiences in laboratory data collection at the hospital ward level', Eight Health Informatics Conference, September 2000, Adelaide SA, pp. 1. (2000) [Conference Edited]

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2000Hartley TF, 'WWW Enabled clinical databases; doing it from anywhere', Tasmanian Haematology Immunology and Neoplasis Group, September 2000, Hobart, pp. 1. (2000) [Conference Extract]

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1999Hartley TF, 'Intranet Database Serving using Filemaker Pro', Australian Association of Clinical Biochemists, 8 October 1999, Melbourne Australia, pp. 1. (1999) [Conference Extract]

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Dr Hartley is regularly sort after by his colleagues to provide statistical training and assistance to their higher degrees students.