ALIA Health Libraries Australia


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.  



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  • HLA PD Day 26/11 1-4 pm 2020. Call for Lightning Talk abstracts

Have an idea for a 5 min talk related to our PD Day theme (Future Gazing – Innovation, Disruption, Transformation!)? View the Call for Abstracts and submit by 15th October

  • Interested in digital health? Become a CHIA leader!

HLA members are now eligible for a discount to the Certified Health Informatician Australasia (CHIA) course. Contact Gemma Siemensma for discount information.

  • Two hour Online Event - Automation tools for systematic searching

Tuesday 20th Oct, 2-4 pm with a limit of 30 participants*. For more information and to book your place, visit the event page. *BOOKED OUT. Please contact, if you would like to go on the waitlist for a second session.

  • Cheryl Hamill Wins Award

Congratulations to Cheryl Hamill for winning the HCL Anderson Award 2020 (scroll to bottom of page); the highest ALIA honour

  • Now, Next, Beyond COVID-19 – Health Librarians Experiences

Watch the recording / Access the 32-page Guide to the new PubMed
(Video timestamps: National Taskforce I 4:10, II 15:20; PubMed 24:30; Wolters Kluwer 37:15; Redeployment 43:45; COVID Survey 51:30)

International health library associations (including HLA) urge the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) to seek information specialists as peer reviewers for knowledge synthesis publications

  • Visit the new HLA journal JoHILA (replaces HLA News).

Contributions and suggestions welcome

  • Leadership exchange bursary

Congratulations to Helen Baxter (Austin Hospital Library) who has been awarded the HLA Leadership Exchange Bursar

  • 2020 HLA/MedicalDirector Innovation Award

Congratulations to Daniel McDonald (Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service) who has been awarded this for his podcast initiative: Shoosh : a podcast about health libraries (coming soon)



COVID-19 Live Literature Searches 

This page provides automatic PubMed searches on a range of COVID-19 topics. 

COVID-19 key resources 

COVID-19 Key Resources provides core resources for busy clinicians, along with reasons they might be useful.

COVID-19 and Health Libraries Research - Call for Input

ALIA Health Libraries Australia (HLA) are excited to announce the funding of some research into Library Spaces. Monash Health librarians are undertaking a specially funded research project called “What Place has the Library Space? Lessons & reflections from COVID‐19”. When the COVID-19 health emergency began health libraries in the special sector were challenged to ensure meaningful service continuity at a time of increased and urgent patron need, complicated by rapidly changing working conditions. This study will reflect on the sector’s experience and report on the ongoing role and function of Library spaces in a digital and socially distanced world. The researchers are keen to speak with other health librarians about the role of library space and how this been changed by COVID‐19.

Please reach out to Tanja and Alice at & if you are keen to be involved.

ALIA HLA has made the below statement in relation to COVID-19

ALIA Health Libraries Australia (HLA) ExecutiveStatement of Support to Health Libraries and Health Library Workers



The HLA Executive committee:

Ann Ritchie AALIA (CP) Health (VIC), Convenor: Gemma Siemensma (VIC), Treasurer: Sharon Karasmanis (VIC), Secretary: Meena Gupta (VIC)

Committee:  Jeanette Bunting (WA), Lorien Delaney (SA), Dr Kathleen Gray (VIC), Taryn Hunt (WA), Tanja Ivacic-Ramljak (VIC), Megan O’Connor (WA), Jane Orbell-Smith (QLD), Rob Penfold (VIC), Rolf Schafer (NSW), and Angela Smith (NSW).


In support of our vision, and in line with ALIA's policy direction and priorities, HLA undertakes strategic initiatives in five key areas (portfolios): Professional development, education and training; Advocacy, Research, Marketing and Awards; Partnerships and collaborations; Publishing and communication; Membership.

NSQHS Standards – live literature searches

These PubMed live searches provide updated results for 11 topics aligned to the Australian National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards. They have been developed, tested and endorsed as part of the HeLiNS (Health Libraries for the National Standards) Research Project, a joint initiative of HLA and HLI (Health Libraries Inc).


HLA Membership

Join now! Health Libraries Australia membership is open to all ALIA Members.  Here are ten benefits to joining HLA. 


To find our list of contacts in our executive committee click here


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

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 2018

HLA Executive Terms of Reference 2018