ALIA Health Libraries Australia


Health Libraries Australia (HLA) has evolved from the former Library Association of Australia National Medical Librarians’ Section established in 1981 to become 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.


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; Demonstrating value; Partnerships and collaborations; Publishing and communication; Membership.


  • HLA is seeking a volunteer to be an editor of HLA News. Download the position description
  • HLA are currently working on a project regarding the National Standards.
  • In early 2017, the next call for the HLA/MedicalDirector Innovation Award will be made; start thinking of projects to enter.
  • HLA PD Day 2017 – Perth.
  • HLA was represented at the Health Information Workforce in November 2016 and this is the summary strategy and action plan that emerged from it.


To find our 2016 list of contacts in our executive committee click here

L-R: Suzanne Lewis, Sarah Hayman, Gemma Siemensma, Kathleen Grey, Diana Blackwood, Rolf Schafer, Jane Orbell-Smith, Ann Ritchie, and Bronia Renison .