HLA Professional Development, Education and Training

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, Education and training

|  PD Scheme Competencies and Course Map  |  Digital Health Information Services Course  |  Events  |  Past PD  |


Free 1 hour online event – 2pm Thu 16 July

Now, Next, Beyond COVID-19 – Health Librarians Experiences. Register here.


HLA PD Days 2020 *New dates*
Tentative Dates for this conference are November 26th & 27th 2020
University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus, Brisbane
More information to come


PD Scheme

Become a Health Specialisation Certified Professional.

Competencies and Course Map

HLA Competencies 2018

HLA aims to help health library staff to identify courses and learning programs that will contribute to their professional development, and if desired to gain recognition as a Certified Professional (Health).  The Health Specialisation Skills Audit will help you identify gaps in your knowledge and provide guidance for choosing your most appropriate continuing professional development activities. The Competencies Review project was undertaken in 2018 by Ann Ritchie, and reported at the RAILS Conference (Melbourne, 28th November, 2018) 

Health librarianship courses and PD mapped to HLA Competency Areas

The Competency Mapping work has produced a list of approximately 110 health-related courses, events and programs offered in 2020 that are relevant to health librarians and technicians in Australia. The courses are also mapped to HLA's eight competency areas.

The Courses List is available here.

We welcome your feedback on the list, and suggestions of new items to add. Please send these to BuntingJ@ramsayhealth.com.au.

Digital Health Information Services Course (updates Health Librarianship Essentials)

This fully online subject will be run again in semester 2, 2019.

Applications Now Open: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/56y6. Apply before 1 June; places are limited.

Please direct any queries to Cecily Gilbert: health-informatics@unimelb.edu.au

This is a rigorous and rewarding 12-week fully online program for aspiring health information professionals, or for experienced health librarians wanting to update their skills in the contemporary digital health setting. Modules include essential content on e-health in Australia, digital health information sources, evidence-based practice, and knowledge management and health data technologies. The course is led by a team of experienced educators and industry professionals. You can complete the optional assessment for academic credit, or choose to receive a Certificate of Completion. PD points for professional accreditation are also awarded as is a 10% fee reimbursement for participants from the library sector who are ALIA members, on completion of the subject.


To view the flyer click here.


PD Calendar 2019

Events to support your professional development – 2019





  Medical Library Association, 119th Annual Meeting and Exhibition Chicago, USA 3–8 May
  Health Libraries Group (CILIP UK) UK 3-4 July
  EAHIL 2019 (European Association for Health Information and Libraries) Basel, Switzerland 17 - 20 June
HLA PD Day Melbourne
Monash University, Caulfield Campus
18-19 July
  IFLA World Library and Information Conference (Including Health and Biosciences Libraries Section) Athens, Greece 24-30 August
  16th HLinc. Conference Melbourne 13 September
  ICLC - 10th International Clinical Librarians Conference Manchester, UK 3 - 4 October
HLA sponsored Julie Glanville Workshops Sydney, Melbourne, others TBA TBA November

If you are looking for conferences that you can link in with you travels, keep eye on the site “International Library Related Conferences” maintained by James Thull, Associate Professor, Specials Collections Librarian, Montana State University Library and Marian Dworaczek, Librarian Emeritus University of Saskatchewan Library.


Past PD:

HLA PD – Program and Presentations

  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015 (Satellite event for the EBLIP8 Conference, Brisbane, July 9th)
  • 2014 (Joint Collaboration Conference, HLA News Special Edition) 
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • ALIA/AGLIN Forum ‘Change, challenges and opportunities: recasting your library skills’, 9th Sept 2015: Creating the health librarian professional workforce for the future presented by Ann Ritchie, HLA Convenor presentation and notes