2016 ALIA Research Grant Award

Wednesday, 21 September 2016, Canberra: We are pleased to announce that the ALIA 2016 Research Grant Award goes to Ann Ritchie and Michele Gaca.

Their project is: ‘The contribution of Australian hospital libraries towards their organisations' achievement of accreditation by the National Safety and Quality in Health Care Service (NSQHS) Standards’.

The ALIA Board has awarded $5000 to fund the research.

The application for the award noted that the objective of the project is:

  • To explore ways in which health libraries are currently assisting organisations in achieving accreditation to identify best practices and enable peer learning;
  • To design expert searches that will assist organisations in keeping current with the latest research-based literature (evidence) pertinent to the achievement of gaining the NSQHS Standards accreditation; and
  • To assess the availability of resource materials referenced in NSQHS Standards documentation and workbooks by matching reference lists against collections in hospital libraries and state-wide portals.

All Australian hospitals are required to be accredited by the National Safety and Quality in Health Care (NSQHC) Standards.

Hospital libraries contribute to their organisations in achieving accreditation in many ways but this has not yet been documented.

Health libraries currently contribute to achieving accreditation in varied ways. They are, however, uniquely placed to strengthen their organisations’ capacity and performance in clinical care by creating improved and more efficient mechanisms to identify the evidence-base and implement best practice in relation to achievement of all the Standards.


About the Australian Library and Information Association

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