Follow-up consultation on proposed changes to the working relationship requirements for oral health practitioners with dentists, and the practising conditions for dental hygiene activities

Follow-up consultation on proposed changes to the working relationship requirements for oral health practitioners with dentists, and the practising conditions for dental hygiene activities

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.  

Accordingly, the Council is proposing to:

  • remove the existing requirement for a professional relationship from the dental hygiene, dental therapy, oral health therapy and orthodontic auxiliary scopes of practice. The Council expects that oral health practitioners will maintain their professional relationships within the oral health team, working collaboratively for the benefit of patients’ health.
  • proceed with the initial proposed dental hygiene scope of practice changes. The Council considers the risk to patient safety will not increase and duty of care will not be compromised given the professional obligations in the Standards Framework.  

The outcome of the first consultation and the updated proposals are contained in the follow-up consultation document available on our website.

We encourage you to read the consultation document before providing your feedback by completing the online survey.

Documents

Consultation document

Appendices:

A. Dental hygiene scope of practice

B. Dental therapy scope of practice

C. Oral health therapy scope of practice

D. Dental technology scope of practice

E. Clinical dental technology scope of practice

F.  Orthodontic auxiliary scope of practice 

Combined appendices A-F

 

Submissions

Submissions received to date

Your submissions must reach us by 5pm on 7 May 2021.

You can submit your responses using our online survey.

We welcome and value all feedback, but multiple, identical submissions do not carry any more weight than a single submission. All feedback we receive will be considered and will inform our final decision.

Submissions received will be published on our website and will record the submitter’s name and profession (for registered health practitioners). All other contact details will be removed. We will not publish any submissions containing derogatory or inflammatory content.