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Newsletter October 2013

Conference 2014

The Organising Committee take great pleasure in inviting you to attend the Oral Health Conference for All Oral Health Professionals 2014, which will be held at the Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre, Mt Wellington, Auckland on 27th & 28th June 2014. READ MORE

Call for Abstracts

We are now accepting abstracts for the Oral Health Conference for All Oral Health Professionals 2014. The closing date for submissions is Monday 11 November. When submitting an abstract please limit your text to 250 words. The presentation time for the abstract session is 15 minutes.


Acceptance of abstracts for the conference will be based on the outcome of a committee review. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by Friday 29 November.


Please submit your abstract via email to

Dental Council News 

Verification of CPD

For dental therapists and dental hygienists, the Dental Council has decided to waive verification of individual CPD activities for the current recertification cycle ending 31 December 2013.

Pending a review of recertification, Council may not require evidence from you of CPD provided by a verifier. This means that any CPD event you attend which has been verified by the Association and is run through our website won’t require further evidence being provided by you.


The Dental Council website contains more information or email or phone (04 499 1688) them.

Recent Appointments

The Dental Council have recently announced Dr Andrew Gray, Wellington Dentist, has been appointed by the Minister of Health as a new member of the Council. Dr Gray replaces Dr Mark Goodhew who did not seek another term.


Dr Gray's appointment is for a term of three years. The Council also elected Dr Michael Bain as Chair and Dr Robin Whyman as Deputy Chair.


From the University of Otago

Dental Therapist’s play a crucial role in child protection

A ground-breaking University of Otago study of dental therapists in New Zealand has highlighted the crucial role they play in child protection, but also the barriers they face when seeking to report suspected cases. READ MORE

Biting into the Oral Health of New Zealand Children

Tooth decay is preventable, yet it is the most prevalent childhood disease and a leading cause of hospitalisation in NZ. READ MORE


Fluoride Update

Hamilton, Hastings and Whakatane overwhelmingly voted to retain community water fluoridation in the recent local body elections. 70% of voters in Hamilton, 63% in Hastings and 61% in Whakatane supported fluoridation. In Whakatane health officials are looking to extend fluoridation to Murupara, where poor oral health is a significant and troubling problem.


Te Aō Marama have extended a special thanks to Association members who teamed up with them to take to the streets.


Upcoming Events


The last Board meeting, in August, was held in Dunedin and gave Otago members a fantastic opportunity to meet the Board to discuss ideas, future events and any professional concerns. The next Board meeting is at Wellington airport on Saturday, 16th November. We'd love to meet our Wellington members for afternoon tea between 3 and 5 pm. Register Now


Auckland Branch Christmas Party - 13th December - Save the Date
Sanctuary Dental, Buteyko Breathing Seminar - 12th November - Register Now


Has your branch got an event coming up? We can help you organise your event, email all members in your area, take registrations and any entry payments, pay invoices for venues. Email us and let us know what you're doing.



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