As the new President of the NZDHA, it is an honour to lead my new team of executives, and what a dynamic and enthusiastic group we have. After our annual NZDHA conference on Sunday 23 July, the new executive and past President, Roberta Prestidge, had a meeting and handover commenced. A robust discussion and planning for the immediate future of the NZDHA was had. We are looking to bring some changes that will enhance the experience as a dental hygienist working in New Zealand with the support of the NZDHA. It is an exciting time to make change in the industry we work in.
We had a successful conference in New Plymouth, with an enthusiastic response. Next year’s conference is to be held in Wellington.
I will be in Dunedin at the University of Otago to represent and congratulate the new graduates of the Bachelor of Oral Health programme, on 7 October. Whilst at Otago I will be speaking to the Bachelor of Dental Surgery graduates on getting the most of your working relationship with your dental hygienist, covering the many benefits for them and their patients. A visit to the AUT to speak to the graduates and spend time with team of fellows will be an enlightening experience.
We have an ongoing healthy communicative relationship with the Dental Council, discussing consultation and legislative matters of interest to the NZDHA. As an executive we look forward to further engagement with other professional bodies to bring benefits to both our profession and the public’s experience of dental care in New Zealand.