Consultation issued 19 March 2021

In October 2020, the Dental Council consulted on:
  • whether the current requirement for a working/consultative professional relationship should remain a scope of practice requirement for dental therapy, dental hygiene, orthodontic auxiliary, and oral health therapy in New Zealand; and the future role of 'working relationship' practice standards for dental therapy, dental hygiene, orthodontic auxiliary and dental technology/clinical dental technology
  • the current practising conditions (clinical guidance and direct clinical supervision) for the dental hygiene scope of practice.
Following its consideration of the submissions, the Council changed its position on the need for a mandated professional relationship as part of scope of practice requirements.  As a result, new proposals are being consulted on.  

The outcome of the first consultation and the updated proposals are contained in the consultation document available on our website.  We encourage you to read this consultation document before completing the online survey. 

Have your say
Council invites all practitioners and other individuals or organisations with an interest in this proposal to comment.
We welcome and value all submissions, but multiple, identical submissions do not carry any more weight than a single submission.  All feedback received will be considered and will inform our final decision.

Your submission must reach us before 5pm on 7 May 2021.

Submissions are publicly available
All submissions received and the name of the submitter will be published on our website and will remain publicly available. Published submissions from individuals will include your name, and your profession if you are a registered health practitioner. All other personal and contact details will be removed.

As this is a public consultation, “in confidence” information will only be accepted under special circumstances. Please contact us at before submitting material in confidence.

We will not publish any submissions we consider derogatory or inflammatory.