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Newsletter March 2015



Upcoming Events

Conference is always a highlight of our annual calendar, and this year will be no exception. Save the Date – 20 August, at Auckland Sky City Convention Centre. Exciting keynote speakers will be inspiring. Here are a couple of international speakers:


Professor Monty Duggal (UK) is currently Professor and Head of Paediatric Dentistry. Professor Duggal has published over 65 research papers in international journals. He is the author of ‘Restorative Techniques in Paediatric Dentistry’, which has been published in seven languages. He is an internationally respected scientist and clinician and is invited all over the world to give talks and courses on Paediatric Dentistry. Monty is the Leeds Clinical Lead and his expertise is in complex restorative caries management.


Janet Hagerman, RDH, BSDH delivers powerful, game-changing presentations that enrich, enlighten and empower. Janet is an international speaker, author and consultant. A graduate of the Medical College of Georgia, Janet is a dental industry thought leader known for her creative expertise in communication, leadership and motivation.


Other events:

15 April 2015 – Meeting of the Minds – Napier, NZ Association of Orthodontists
16 April 2015 – Te Ao Marama Hui – Dunedin, Maori Dental Association
6 May 2015 – Nutrition Action Conference – Auckland, Agencies for Nutrition Action
10 September 2015 – 4th ADOHTA International Conference – Melbourne, Australia


Member renewals

Your membership will expire at the end of this month – 31 March 2015. As a member you stay connected with your profession and colleagues. Dont forget, you can record your events and activities on your membership record. This information can be provided to the Dental Council as support for your continuing professional development. To renew, go to, and see the "how to" here.



After discussion with members, we have decided to help groups organise Reunions.  This year reunions will be held in Wellington, the first weekend in December -  Friday 4th - Sunday 6th.  NZDOHTA will help facilitate reunions for those of you who graduated in:  1965, 1975, 1985, 1995, 2005.
Keep posted – we will soon be providing you with the opportunity to “get your classmates together” – using our NZDOHTA Facebook page. Separate events for each year will enable you to find and locate classmates. You will be able to post and review photos from your year, share memories and stories and keep connected with friends.  Even if you are doing your own thing, keep connected -  join here

Association Update

NZDOHTA has a Board that governs the activities of the association. To do this the Board comes together 2 or 3 times a year and consider a range of issues that are likely to impact on the profession. The Board held a meeting in Wellington on Saturday 28th February. For information on what happened:

New Board Member: This was the first meeting attended by new Board member Arish Naresh who works at Tariawhiti DHB in Gisborne. Arish has been a member since 2007 and is passionate about post graduate education having received a post graduate certificate in Leadership, a postgraduate diploma in health services management and is currently studying towards his master of health science.


Collaboration: For some time the Board have been considering the best way to provide value for money to members for continuing professional development. In past years, a national conference has been the focal point of the year’s professional activities. Each year success has built on previous successes and the feedback from delegates has been excellent. This year the Board has taken the view that as a profession we need to maintain an awareness of the other dental professions and have decided to join forces with the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) and support their dental therapist and hygienist programme. Check out our events page here for more details.


Post Graduate Scholarship Awarded: Congratulations to Delwyn Sinclair who was awarded a postgraduate study grant of $1500. Delwyn took a leave of absence from MidCentral Health to take up a .5 position in Dundee Scotland to support Dr Nicola Innes in the Dental Research Project “FICTION’.


AGM date set: The annual general meeting will be held in conjunction with the NZ Dental Association conference programme, in Auckland on Thursday 20 August. This year, delegates and attendees will participate in a workshop about the future of the profession.


Scope of Practice for Oral Health: In response to consultation from the Dental Council, NZDOHTA provided feedback stating that we are strongly in favour of practitioners who have a Bachelor of Oral Health using just one name or designation, “oral health therapist”. The Dental Council had proposed that the scope of practice be called the “Oral Health Therapy Scope of Practice” with the registered practitioner having the ability to call themselves an oral health therapist, and/or a dental hygienist, and/or a dental therapist and the NZ Dental Association wished the status quo to remain and keep the titles Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist without recognising “oral health” as a scope.


Management Contract Renewed: The management of the association is provided by the company Butler Pelvin & Associates who have been working with the Association for more than three years. It was unanimously agreed by the Board to continue with this Butler Pelvin’s services and a contract for a further 3 years was agreed to.



You will all have seen the back to school program run by Colgate this year. Further information and program materials can be found on their website.