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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The HLA Executive committee:

National Manager: Ann Ritchie AALIA (CP) Health (VIC), Convenor: Gemma Siemensma (VIC), Treasurer: Sharon Karasmanis (VIC), Treasurer, Secretary: Tina Lavelle (QLD)

Committee: Diana Blackwood (WA), Jeanette Bunting (WA), Dr Kathleen Gray (VIC), Kieran Hegarty (VIC), Taryn Hunt (WA), Jane Orbell-Smith AFALIA (QLD), Rob Penfold (VIC), Rolf Schafer (NSW), Angela Smith (NSW), and, Catherine Voutier (VIC).


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

  1. L-R: Diana Blackwood, Angela Smith, Taryn Hunt, Rolf Schafer, Gemma Siemensma, Kieran Hegarty, Bronia Renison, Catherine Voutier, Rob Penfold

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