Consultation on Professional Boundaries Practice Standard

The Council has reviewed its Sexual boundaries in the dentist-patient relationship practice standard, and as a result has developed an updated draft practice standard—Professional boundaries, that will replace the existing sexual boundaries practice standard; and apply to all oral health practitioners.

As the title reflects, the updated draft practice standard is not limited to sexual boundaries. It represents a broader approach, covering other areas of practice where boundary issues may arise.

All stakeholders are invited to provide feedback on the draft practice standard by 5pm, 28 June 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact the Dental Council at (04) 499 4820 or email us at

Submissions received to date can be accessed here.