This section details the competencies expected from dental hygienists in New Zealand.
The Council defines competence as the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviours (‘competencies’) an oral health practitioner must have to practise safely, competently, and professionally in their scope of practice.
This document describes the minimum competencies a dental hygiene graduate must achieve through their education and training to be registered in the scope of dental hygiene.
The competencies prescribe the scope of practice for dental hygiene practice.
The competencies are presented in the following domains:
The competencies broadly describe the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours expected of a dental hygienist; and are outcome focussed. The learning curriculum will provide the level and extent of detail needed to facilitate graduates’ achievement of these competencies, for registration in the scope of dental hygiene practice.
It is assumed that all competencies are performed with a degree of quality consistent with patient and whānau well-being, and that oral health practitioners can self-evaluate the quality and effectiveness of the care they provide.
There is also a clear link between a number of the competencies and the standards embodied in the standards framework that registered oral health practitioners must meet.
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