groupDiana Blackwood and Jeanette Bunting

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Health Libraries Australia (HLA) is the national health group within the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), representing librarians and information professionals working in all health sectors. It was formed in May 2001 out of the Medical Librarians Section of the then named Library Association of Australia. The vision of HLA is that all Australians benefit from health library and information professionals’ expertise that is integral to evidence-based health care. Since its inception, HLA has worked to develop a highly skilled and professional workforce with the capacity to deliver services and resources that support quality clinical care, comprehensive education and ongoing professional development for health professionals, and robust health and medical research. This article will discuss the role that health librarians play in delivering such services and how HLA has advocated for professional recognition as one of the health information professions.


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