ALIA HLA Conference – Aug 29-30, 2024, Caboolture Hospital, Qld

ALIA HLA Conference – Aug 29-30, 2024, Caboolture Hospital, Qld

The 2024 HLA Conference theme is: Wicked Problems, Innovative Solutions.

Join us for an exhilarating exploration of the multifaceted challenges facing our libraries. Don’t miss the opportunity to join the conversation, collaborate with others and emerge equipped with new knowledge and strategies to navigate the wicked problems of today’s health libraries.

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Registration: (note – registrations close 21 August)

Register here

Grants open:

Health Libraries Australia is offering grants to members for the ALIA HLA Conference in Caboolture, QLD on 29-30 August 2024.

The following grants are offered:

  • 2 free registrations valued at up to $190 each for new library graduates or current LIS tertiary students
  • 2 grants of $750 for attendees to assist with registration, flights and accommodation

Applicants may apply under more than one category.

As part of the award the grant recipient will be required to propose an article idea for JoHILA (Journal of Health Information and Libraries Australasia) which will be subject to approval by the editor.

Application closing date extended: Application due at 5pm on Friday 12 July 2024.

How to apply:

Applications must be submitted in writing to the Conference Committee.

Applications must include:

  • An introduction about yourself noting which award the application is made for (maximum 250 words)
  • A 200-300 word statement outlining your reasons for applying for the award and how the Conference will benefit you professionally Please send applications to the conference committee via


Libraries face a myriad of complex challenges in today’s dynamic information environment. Often described as ‘wicked problems’ due to their multifaceted and interconnected nature, these encompass diverse issues including;

  • Open access publishing 
  • AI technologies 
  • Advocacy and community engagement  
  • Digital transformation 
  • Equity of access 
  • Copyright and intellectual property 
  • Funding and budget constraints 
  • Changing user demands

Addressing these wicked problems requires innovative solutions that often go beyond traditional approaches. They require librarians to be innovative, adaptable and collaborative to provide effective solutions.

Draft program available for download here.

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Mark Hutchinson

Professor Mark Hutchinson

Prof Mark Hutchinson has been recently appointed as the Director of the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS).As a Professor of Biomedicine and lead the Neuroimmunopharmacology laboratory at the University of Adelaide, Prof Hutchinson has a strong record of leadership of successful teams. His expertise spans diverse basic science methods for human and animal research, including biomarker identification, multiomics and complex data analytics. He has a strong record of engagement with consumers and industry and an advocacy for their involvement in research. Hutchinson has a strong record of commercial translation between basic science and knowledge utilisation.

Prof Hutchinson has diverse leadership and Ministerial appointments, including being a member of the Prime Minister’s National Science and Technology Council, Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP), President of the Science and Technology Australia (STA), Members of the ARC Legislative Review, the ARC CEO Advisory Council, and the Australian Economic Accelerator Board. He also serves as the chair of the Safeguarding Australia through Biotechnology Response and Engagement (SABRE) Alliance and is the chair of the Australian Pain Solutions Research Alliance board. His exceptional leadership of the program of research has been recognised with multiple awards: 2022 Inaugural Coppoc ONE Health Lecture, College of Veterinary Med, Kansas State Uni; 2019 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement – A Culture Of Impact, Uni Adelaide; 2015 James McWha Award of Excellence, Uni Adelaide; 2013 Psychoneuroimmunology Res Soc, Robert Ader Young Investigator Award.

Professor Paul Glasziou

Prof Paul Glasziou is Director of the Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare at Bond University and was the Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine in Oxford from 2003-2010. His key interests include identifying and removing barriers to using high quality research in everyday clinical practice and improving the clinical impact of research by reducing the more than $85 Billion annual loss from unpublished and unusable research (Chalmers, Glasziou, Lancet 2009).  He co-founded the International Society for Evidence-based Health Care and the RACGP’s Handbook of Non-Drug Interventions. He has authored over 600 peer-reviewed journal articles and 7 books.

Location and Accommodation:

Caboolture Hospital 124 McKean St, Caboolture

Caboolture Hospital is part of Queensland’s public health service Metro North Health (MNH). MNH is the largest Health Service in Australia made up of and servicing a population approaching 900,000, from north of the Brisbane River to north of Kilcoy.
At the end of 2023, Caboolture Hospital opened a new $350M Clinical Services Building adding an additional 130 beds, an expanded Emergency Department, Palliative Care Unit, Intensive Care Unit, operating theatres and stage one recovery spaces, Cardiac Care Unit, a specialised Chest Pain Assessment Unit, two medical wards and space for a future 20 bed Rehabilitation Unit.
In addition, 2024 brings targeted refurbishment of the existing hospital including an enhanced and expanded Special Care Nursery, New Medical Day Stay Unit, expanded medical records facility, plus expansions for pharmacy and pathology. The hospital also supports 2 Satellite Hospitals and forms part of the MNH Caboolture, Kilcoy and Woodford Directorate.

The Health Libraries Australia Conference is being held in the Hospital’s Education and Simulation Centre consisting of a 100+ seated lecture theatre, open spaces and a range of flexible lecture rooms all fitted with the latest information technologies.


Caboolture is situated equidistance from Brisbane and Sunshine Coast airports, the Hospital is an easy 30-minute drive on the M1. Train services with bus connections run every 30 minutes. There is a multi-storey paid car park on site plus café and a 5 -minute walk to the Central Lakes Shopping Village hosting restaurants, Woolworths supermarket, shopping, and a range of health and beauty services.


Caboolture Central Motor Inn (3.5 star)
11 Lower King Street, Caboolture
Ph: (07) 3067 6064

Best Western Caboolture Gateway Motel (4 star)
64/66 Lower King Street, Caboolture
Ph: (07) 5499 4099

Caboolture Riverlakes Motel (4 star) (NB: 20 min walk to Hospital)
14 Morayfield Road, Caboolture
Ph: 1800 026 370