Consultation on short OHT fee

Dental Council: consultation document on 2017/18 four-month practising fee and disciplinary levy for oral health therapists

The Council is responsible for setting annual practising certificate (APC) fees and disciplinary levies for oral health practitioners. As part of the process of setting these fees and levies, the Council is required to consult with stakeholders.

As you will be aware, the scope of practice for oral health therapy (OHT) comes into effect on 1 November 2017. The Council has not published any fees under the new scope and is seeking to publish these fees before the scope comes into effect.

The purpose of this consultation document is to seek submissions from dental hygiene and dental therapy practitioners and other stakeholders on the proposed 2017/18 four-month practising fee and disciplinary levy for oral health therapists which will take effect from 1 November 2017. The Council is seeking feedback on its proposals by 12 September 2017.

Eligible oral health graduates with current APCs in both dental hygiene and dental therapy will be automatically registered as oral health therapists on 1 November 2017. They will be issued with a new registration certificate and APC in early November 2017. They do not have to apply to register in the new scope, or pay a new fee, as they paid their APC fee and disciplinary levy before the current cycle began on 1 April 2017.

The four-month fee will only apply to new registrants who apply for registration within four months of the beginning of the new APC cycle for oral health therapists on 1 April 2018. These are anticipated to be the 2017 graduates of the Bachelor of Oral Health, University of Otago; the Bachelor of Health Science in Oral Health, Auckland University of Technology; or applicants who have not been previously registered in New Zealand who are eligible for registration in the OHT scope.

Publishing of submissions on the Council’s website

All submissions received will be published on the Council's website shortly after receipt, and will remain there as a public document. For submissions made by individuals, only your name and profession, if you are a registered health practitioner, will be published on the Council's website. All contact details will be removed from your submission.

As this is a public consultation, "In confidence" information will only be accepted under special circumstances. Please contact the Council before submitting this material. The Council holds the right not to publish any derogatory or inflammatory submissions.

Please feel free to contact the Council at consultations@dcnz.org.nz or 04 499 4820 if you have any further questions.