Digital Health Literacy

Empowering your community to manage their own health futures

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), the ALIA Australian Public Library Alliance (APLA), and ALIA Health Libraries Australia (HLA) have secured $1 million in funding for libraries from the Australian Digital Health Agency to run train the trainer programs.

ALIA, APLA, and HLA have partnered with the Australian Digital Health Agency to deliver a train the trainer program from September 2019 to June 2020 to support library staff to respond to queries about government digital health programs. This nationwide initiative will provide training to library staff on how users can navigate and understand the new Federal Government digital health initiatives, such as My Health Record.

Key benefits for libraries:

  • Free professional development for staff.
  • Grant funding to backfill staff time and contribute towards attendance costs.
  • A reportable and measurable way of aligning with council’s health and wellbeing strategies.
  • Improved health information service for library patrons.
  • New and enhanced relationships with local healthcare providers.
  • Successful library services will be encouraged to invite staff from neighbouring council library services, health libraries and key community health organisations to participate.

We know that people use public libraries as trusted sources of health and wellness information. With the recent focus on My Health Record, libraries can expect increased demand from consumers, not only for information about healthy living, health conditions, treatment plans, therapies and medicines, but also for help accessing digital resources.

Recognising the unique role of public libraries as providers of information to communities, families and individuals, the Australian Digital Health Agency is providing grant funding for libraries, through APLA, to support staff training, and is providing quality resources to support a stronger emphasis on health information. For more information about the program, please see the Fact Sheet.

Expressions of intrest

If you would like to be trained as part of the ALIA Library Digital Health Literacy Program, you should first discuss it with your workplace and then contact your local training organiser for more information. Training courses will run regularly through to end of June 2020. This opportunity is open to all kinds of libraries – large, small, regional, remote and metropolitan. All enquiries should be made to nicole.barnes@alia.org.au.

If you would like more information on this project, ALIA have put together this Fact Sheet and FAQ.