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Newsletter June 2014

Dental Matters Conference - Great Event!

The Dental Matters Conference this past weekend saw members from the dental and other health professions come together to listen a diverse range of national and international speakers.


Speakers wowed the audience with a range of varied topics including promixal carious lesions, oral cancers, community water fluoridation, and children with dental anxiety. The Mad Hatters Dinner Party was a huge success with members immersing themselves in the theme. If you haven’t already done so, like us on Facebook to view the photos.


For those who enquired about presentation slides – we are in contact with the speakers and will make them available to attendees. CPD certificates will be emailed out in the next few days.


Special thanks go to everyone who made the Conference a great success. The Conference Committee headed by Gillian Tahi- Heidi Reeves, Trish Delamore, Luisa Antonio & Rebecca Ahmadhi. Watch this space – details of next year’s event will be announced in August.

Policy Briefing to Parliament

NZDOHTA attended a policy brief by FIZZ to members of Parliament - Hon. Kevin Hague, Hon. Annette King & Hon. Tariana Turia in Wellington. The purpose of the brief was to identify key policy recommendations to relevant settings that impact on the availability, marketing, price, and knowledge of sugar-sweetened beverages, particularly in youth. The brief is available here.


As it stands, the NZ Dental & Oral Health Therapists’ Association does not have a policy on sugar in soft drinks however; given the amount of work that the dental profession undertakes as a result of sugary drinks- it is clear the association needs to formally take a position on the issue. A policy is being drafted and will be circulated for consideration in the coming weeks.

Applications Open for Oral Health Community Service Grants

New Zealand dental professionals are encouraged to apply for one of twelve Community Service Grants designed to help improve the access to oral care services and education for New Zealand and Pacific’s at risk communities.


The Wrigley Company Foundation in partnership with the New Zealand Dental Association, has opened applications for its Community Service Grants Programme. The initiative continues to make a difference to high risk and underserviced groups such as children, elderly, physically disabled, geographically isolated and Maori.


This year, the Wrigley Company Foundation in partnership with the NZDA will provide USD$23,000 in funds via twelve grants:

  • 10 x USD $1,000 Community Service Grants
  • 1 x USD $8,000 ‘Principles in Action’ Community Service Grant: introduced to help activate a larger scale project
  • 1 x USD $5,000 Pacific Region Dental Aid Grant: introduced to promote access to oral health education in the Pacific Islands.

For the full application criteria and to apply for the Community Service Grants, visit the Health Smiles website and download an application form. Applications close 15th September, 2014.