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Newsletter May 2014

Dental Matters Conference, 27th - 28th June

We’ve hit the 250 mark for registration and is because of the amazing programme of speakers who will be presenting at the Conference. We have heard that many delegates are taking a study day as well as an annual leave day, to make the most of their trip to Auckland. It’s not too late for you to register. Check out the Conference programme.

Annual General Meeting to be held 27th June in Auckland

Nominations have closed for the 2015 Board positions. Thanks to everyone who took an interest, we will be announcing the new Board line-up prior to the Annual General Meeting. All members are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting. The agenda will be made available in the near future.

Mobile Testing Underway

We have been in contact with DHBs seeking information on the action plans in place to test mobiles for unacceptable levels of formaldehyde.


Testing is now underway however in some places, the testing is scheduled because in some regions they are waiting for the testing equipment to become available. Results are still being processed and you will be advised by your DHB when these become available. If you have any concerns of queries about the process please contact us.


FIZZ Policy Brief to Parliament

Fighting Sugar in Soft Drinks (FIZZ) are advocating for ending the sale of sugar-sweetened drinks from New Zealand. They’ve recently composed a policy brief outlining some policy recommendations on setting influence to reduce fizzy intake and will be presenting this brief to Parliament on Thursday 19th June 12-1pm.

Already Hon. Annette King (Labour) & Hon. Kevin Hague (Green Party) have confirmed their attendance and it is expected representatives from National and the Māori Party will also be there to receive the document. If there are any Wellington members who would like attend please get in contact with us.


Oral Health Research Fund - Extension of Closing Date
One of the seven priority areas for action oral health is to improve the research, monitoring and evaluation of oral health, and oral health services. 
In 2007, the Ministry of Health established a funding programme of $100,000 which is managed by the New Zealand Dental Association and its Research Foundation. Priority is given to oral health research that targets children and adolescents; people of all ages with physical, intellectual, behavioural, or cognitive disabilities, or who are medically compromised; people experiencing inequalities of outcome; and older adults.
The New Zealand Dental Association and Ministry of Health have agreed to extend the closing date for applications for the 2014 round of the Oral Health Research Fund to 5pm Thursday 26 June. Please draw this extension to the attention of any of your colleagues or contacts who may be interested.
Futher information the Oral Health Research Fund and the submission of grant applications is available here.
Kāpiti Coast Fluoridation Submission

In New Zealand the authority to determine whether community water supplies are fluoridated or not remains in the hands of local and district councils. This means there is a repeating cycle of consideration to introduce or remove fluoride from their community water supplies.


A community action group, Fluoride Action Network (FANNZ), are adamantly opposed to the introduction and retention of fluoride. This group is well-resourced and make many submissions against fluoride whenever the issue is on the Council agenda. It should be noted that this group does not support the Director General of Health’s policy that community water fluoridation is an effective, safe and affordable way to prevent and reduce tooth decay for everyone. NZDOHTA supports this policy and urges members to visit the Fluoride Facts website for up-to-date, evidence-based research on fluoride.


The NZDOHTA plays an active part in presenting submissions to Councils who are reviewing the introduction and retention of fluoride. Last week NZDOHTA presented an oral submission to the Kāpiti Coast District Council in support of community water fluoridation in their region. It was clear the issue was still contentious among certain groups with many anti-fluoride members present at the hearing. When the final decisions have been made we will be sure to update you.



Rachel Bridgeman & Jennifer Pelvin - NZDOHTA