Medical College Accreditation Project ( Report to follow)

Medical College Accreditation Project ( Report to follow)

Work is being undertaken to demonstrate the important role health libraries play in Australian medical training programs. Here you will find an overview of the medical colleges and associations which have medical training programs with specific library requirements...

Courses & Events linked to HLA Competencies (Feb 2023 Update)

Courses & Events linked to HLA Competencies (Feb 2023 Update)

An extensive list of courses and events in 2023 that map to the eight HLA Competencies are now available (updated Feb 2023). These are useful for continuing professional development More from ALIA HLA: Browse our journal: JoHILA Connect with HLA: Facebook ...

Health Librarian awarded Qld Librarian of the Year

Health Librarian awarded Qld Librarian of the Year

Congratulations to Daniel McDonald from Darling Downs Health in Qld for being awarded the ALIA Qld Librarian of the Year for 2022. Daniel's award was recognition for his work in producing the HLA journal JoHILA, editing the monthly HLA Alerts newsletter, publishing...



About HLA


Health Libraries Australia (HLA) is the national professional organisation representing librarians and information professionals working in all health sectors including: hospitals and other clinical facilities, research institutes, regulatory agencies, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, government departments, regional health services, professional colleges, universities, cooperative research centres, not-for-profit and community organisations, and parts of public library services. The vision of Health Libraries Australia is that all Australians benefit from health library and information professionals’ expertise that is integral to evidence based health care.

Who are Health Librarians


Health Librarians are health information professionals who focus on the services and systems that deliver research-derived data, information and knowledge to healthcare clinicians, managers, policy-makers, educators and researchers. They contribute to the development of knowledge through research services, from reference consultations and literature searching to advanced forms of evidence synthesis. They manage the research knowledge base published in all formats, as well as grey literature. Their responsibilities extend to advancing the application of evidence-based practice through health literacy and teaching, knowledge management and translation services, facilitating the links between clinical decision-making, policy/guideline/protocol development, and health research, i.e. translating evidence into practice. Health librarians are responsible for the delivery of services that are the only dedicated, secure, permanent and trustworthy source of authoritative information, critical and fundamental to an organisation’s information governance structures.

ALIA Health Libraries Advisory Committee


The Health Libraries Advisory Committee brings the work of ALIA Health Libraries Australia Group to the fore at Board level. The members of the committee advise the ALIA Directors about topics of interest and concern to health libraries and nurture relationships with allied associations in Australia and internationally.

Chair: Gemma Siemensma 

HLA Advisory Committee Annual Report 2020

HLA Executive Terms of Reference 2018

L-R: Rolf Schafer, Ann Ritchie, Rob Penfold, Catherine Voutier, Kieran Hegarty, Taryn Hunt, Diana Blackwood, Tina Lavelle, Jane Orbell-Smith, Gemma Siemensma, Angela Smith