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  |

  • HLA PD Day 26/11 - Future Gazing - Innovation, Disruption, Transformation!

Watch the recording (access code is 2x2xX=Y1). View Program.

Publishing - Nicholas Talley (4:00), Education Pathways (43:40), Digital Health (48:30), HeLINS (1:27:20), Managers Group (1:32:00), Anne Harrison Award (1:34:00), Digital Health Award (1:37:50), HCL Anderson Award (1:40:40), NZ Update (1:45:20), Staff wellness (1:55:20), Study designs (2:02:30), Tweet preservation (2:08:17), Search tools (2:13:15) Virtual health care (2:20:45), Library access (2:29:30), Services to regions (2:36:55), Service design thinking (2:45:23).

  • 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 groups@alia.org.au to add your name to the waitlist for another session.

  • 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)


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)

View Competencies Review and Comparison Poster.

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.



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