The Council’s work programme across the next five years to 2019 is extensive and will result in significant change.
Primarily, the Council has determined to strengthen the frameworks that underpin its core regulatory business of setting standards for practitioners. These standards relate to thresholds for entry to the Register and the standards that registered oral health practitioners must comply with, to ensure safe and competent practice.
The Dental Council Strategic Plan 2014-2019 sets out the following goals and strategic intent:
To provide public assurance that oral health practitioners are competent and fit to practise.
Standards are set and maintained for oral health practitioners to deliver safe and competent care to the public of New Zealand.
Goals and Strategic Intent
Goal 1: Administer the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCA) consistently, fairly and effectively
Actively contribute to the review of the HPCA Act
Protect the health and safety of the public by ensuring that oral health professionals are fit to practise
Regulate the oral health professionals in New Zealand.
Goal 2: Promote appropriate standards of oral health care
To set standards of clinical competence, cultural competence and ethical conduct to be observed by health practitioners of the profession
Review and continually strive to improve the standards framework
Benchmark the framework to other jurisdictions internationally as well as other health professions within New Zealand.
Goal 3: Maintain an organisation that is efficient, responsive and sustainable
Become a stronger regulator through business improvement
Build and lead long-term international relationships
Benchmark against international regulators and domestic regulators of other environments and professions
Build capability to respond to legislative changes.
Goal 4: Promote and communicate Council’s functions to stakeholders and the public of New Zealand
Develop and improve the relationships with professional groups within New Zealand
Develop and improve the transparency to stakeholders and the public of New Zealand
Promote good professional practice by building a relationship with an indemnity organisation
Develop accessible and informative Dental Council publications
Articulate the strategic direction of Council to stakeholders.