Health Professional Development Scheme

It’s possible to become a certified Health Specialisation professional. This entitles you to add post-nominals to your title and be listed on a website as having obtained this Certification

For more information, view:

ALIA Overview

ALIA Specialisations

HLA Overview

HLA has also produced a list of 2022 courses that are aligned with the 8 HLA Competencies and these may assist with professional development

Competencies and Course Map

View the 2023 Courses List (updated Feb 2023). These courses / activities have been mapped to the eight HLA Competencies to assist you with your professional development

Health Specialisation Skills Audit will help you identify gaps in your knowledge and provide guidance for choosing your most appropriate courses



Resources for new health librarians


  • Join the aliaHEALTH e-list to stay up to date
  • Attend a HLA event (details posted on e-list and this website)
  • Find a mentor – set up a monthly check-in with someone external to your new workplace for peer-to-peer learning
  • Read JOHILA – Journal of Health Information & Libraries Australasia (or even consider contributing a piece …)
  • Listen to Shoosh – a podcast about Health Libraries
  • Consider undertaking a medical terminology course to help you with the jargon!
  • Follow HLA social media
  • Join HLi (Victorian focus but have online events that can be attended from anywhere)
  • Join some HLA health library Communities of Practice. They are free, every group welcomes new members, and they can look good on your CV:


Competencies Review and Comparison poster 2019


Health Librarianship Competencies
Review project


Creating the health librarian
professional workforce for the future by Ann Ritchie Presentation


Creating the health librarian
professional workforce for the future by Ann Ritchie Notes

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)


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Past Professional Development (PD) Days



2019 Program

Living Evidence – Partnerships and technology for up to date, reliable evidence – Julian Elliott
Better Connections: The future of digital health – Angela Ryan (ADHA)
Being data savvy – What do health librarians need to know? – Liz Stokes
Polyglot Search Translator – Justin Clark
Your authors will love you – Classifying search results to reduce numbers to screen – Anne Parkhill
Using machine learning to semi-automate abstract screening in a systematic review – Leo Ng
Ask an informationist – Choosing Wisely at Austin Health – Helen Baxter / Michele Gaca
Research data management – is this a niche role for health librarians? – Patrick Splawa-Neyman
“I want what she’s got” – Providing a liaison librarian-supported metrics service – Chrissy Freestone
Bibliometric analysis of University of Newcastle systematic reviews – Debbie Booth
What we count to what really counts – Measure outcomes versus activities for your library using statistical evidence – Laiman Li / Jacinta Cloney (OCLC)
Advocacy for Health Libraries – Sue McKerracher (ALIA)
Digital health education strategies for a skilled healthcare workforce: Be part of the conversation and contribute to the future of digital health learning and capability – Angela Ryan (ADHA)
Work smarter, not harder: How to utilise data to build an efficient library service – Cameron Wu & Cindy Slater (EBSCO) / Helen Ried
Person-centred care and its role in health literacy: How librarians can champion its values – Lindsay Barnes
Using automation tools to improve the speed of searching for studies for a systematic review – Justin Clark









Satellite event for the EBLIP8 Conference, Brisbane, July 9th



Joint Collaboration Conference



Joint Collaboration Conference HLA News Collaboration Special Edition