Certified Professional Health Specialisation

From 1 July 2013 health sector LIS professionals will be able to demonstrate their specialised knowledge by complying with an additional commitment to the ALIA PD Scheme choosing their ongoing learning based on a specific set of health core competencies. 


Between 2009 and 2011, Health Libraries Australia (HLA), with support from ALIA, undertook a research project to determine the future skills and competencies required of health library and Information professionals in Australia, and to develop a structured, modular education framework to meet those requirements. This resulted in the final report on the project – Health Librarianship Workforce and Education: Research to Plan the Future

Recommendation 6 of the Report stated that “...a certification and revalidation program, which aligns with best practice in the health sector, be established and piloted with health library and information professionals, based on member enrolment in the ALIA Professional Development Scheme and a compulsory 3 year cycle for relevant professional development activities.” 


The Certified Professional Health Specialisation will be distinguished with the post nominals of AALIA (CP) Health Librarian or AALIA (CP) Health for Associate members and ALIATec (CP) Health for Library technician members after compliance for one year and a Certified Professional Health Specilaisation Certificate and listing on the ALIA website after completion of a triennium (3 years).

About the Health Specialisation

Requirements for participation in the ALIA PD Scheme Health Specialisation:
ALIA PD Scheme membership

  • Registration for the Health Specialisation
  • Undertake PD activities to accrue points:
    • a minimum of 30 PD points annually from 1 July to 30 June 
    • a minimum of 120 PD points each triennium (3 years)
  • Allocate points based on the Summary of activities types table
  • Record and reflect on your learning activities. You choose your preferred recording method. Indicate in your learning outcome/reflection a link between the continuing professional development (CPD) you have undertaken and the approved ALIA Health Specialisation core competencies. You will need to cover at least  six of the eight  health competencies during your triennium.


The HLA PD Day (19th July, Adelaide) will have a Q&A session with Judy Brooker, ALIA's PD Assistant Director, to answer all queries. Sign up here for the PD Day. 

By registering now for Health Specialisation you will be able to accrue points (1 point per hour) when you attend the PD Day on 19th July.


ALIA members can login to access more information here.


Wednesday 05 June 2013 1:45pm