HLA to host eHealth focused professional development day

Health Libraries Australia (HLA) will hold their annual Professional Development Day on 28 July at the Canberra Hospital.

HLA is a specialist interest group of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), representing over 1,000 health librarians and 431 health libraries throughout Australia.

While HLA has presented eHealth and health informatics material to its membership in the past, this is the first time the Professional Development Day will primarily focus on such subject matter. It follows the international medical libraries conference held in Brisbane in 2009, in which health informatics emerged as the main theme.

"The reason for my interest in getting this conversation going is that, particularly in the United States and Canada, medical library community has been very active in health informatics," explains member of the program organising committee, Dr Kathleen Grey.

"There seemed to me however, that a stronger link had not been made in the current eHealth transition effort that is going on in Australia, which I found odd.

"Health libraries are very prominent in many health agencies, they have real estate in hospitals, they are a gathering place for professionals and cross-professional talk, for students and for patients and consumers."

According to the organisers, the first half of the day will explore the intersection between health librarianship and health informatics, with the afternoon sessions detailing new technologies in health information access.

Librarians from the health sector, as well as health and IT professionals will present short papers on projects they have undertaken using modern information technology, with a focus on mobile technology.

The event’s keynote presenters include Dr Louise Schaper, CEO, Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA); Mr Michael Gill, Internet Business Solutions Group Lead for ANZ, Cisco Systems Inc; Mr David Bunker National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA); Ms Heather Grain, Hon Secretary, Australian Health Informatics Education Council (AHIEC); and Dr Ruth Sladek, Senior Research Fellow, Flinders Medical Centre.

The event is free for members of ALIA, HISA and AHIEC. Individuals who are not members of one of these organisations can attend the event for the nominal fee of $55. Further details about the event are available from the event website.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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