About the NZDA

The NZDA is the professional association for dentists in New Zealand. We have more than 2500 members, which represents approximately 96% of all registered dentists in New Zealand. The NZDA is New Zealand's leading advocate for oral health. We are the collective voice and strength of dentistry. We are working to ensure the future of the professional, educate the public and advocate for health care that works.


The NZDA provides a significant amount of information for its members. Listed below is a brief description of some of the information we have available.


Please contact NZDA headquarters for further information.

Membership services and benefits

  • NZDA Codes of Practice
  • NZDA Guidelines
  • NZDA Code of Ethics
  • Practice Quality manual


Consumer relations

  • Local Consumer Affairs Officers - mediation service available for branch members
  • Peer Review for complaint resolution
  • NZDA/DPL dental indemnity, defence and legal support



  • CDE courses (calendar NZDA website)
  • NZDA Annual Conference
  • NZDA Young Dentist Day
  • National Dental Surgery Assistant Qualification
  • Student Observation Programme
  • Graduate Professional Development Programme
  • Mentorship Programme
  • Accreditation of CPD events
  • Website log book facility available for all members to assist meeting Annual Practising Certificate requirements


Oral health promotion

  • In surgery pamphlets
  • Website information
  • National and local oral health promotion projects
  • Media profiling of oral health issues
  • Local 'Brushin' projects
  • Teaching guides
  • Web-based video
  • NZDA/corporate projects


Dental industry

  • Annual NZDA dental industry exhibition
  • NZDA product endorsement scheme


Publications and information
  • NZDA News
  • NZ Dental Journal
  • NZDA membership list and annual report
  • NZDA fee, income and cost of practice survey



  • NZ Dental Research Foundation and Trust funding
  • NZDA Dental Research Foundation prize
  • NZDA Summer studentships
  • Management Ministry of Health, Oral Health Research Fund
  • Cochrane Reports


Dental Students 

  • Student Observation Programme
  • Employers Guide
  • Graduate Recruitment Fair
  • Employment advice
  • Yearbook
  • BDS Student Awards
  • NZDA Student Day


Young Dentists 

  • Graduate Professional Development Programme
  • Mentorship Programme
  • Employment advice
  • Outstanding Young Dentist Award
  • NZDA Young Dentist Day and Employment Fair


Lobby and advocacy

  • Representation to Government bodies
  • Liaison with ACC
  • Membership representation Ministry Health Steering Groups
  • Advocacy for water fluoridation
  • Workforce



Collegiality and membership services
  • Local branch meetings
  • Local sports and collegial events


Membership benefits

  • NZDA/Amex Gold and Platinum cards
  • Westpac banking packages
  • Medical House discount
  • Advertising services employment, practice availability etc
  • Health TV advertising package
  • Affinity programme proposal



  • Faculty of Dentistry University of Otago
  • Health Science Auckland University of Technology
  • NZ dental industry
  • International dental associations worldwide - FDI
  • Government health agencies
  • Allied professions
  • Members of Parliament


Benevolence and international aid

  • NZDA Benevolent Foundation for members and their families
  • Overseas dental aid grants


Employment information

  • Practice management and employment agreements - practice manual
  • Job advertising (web and News)



  • Oral health promotion
  • Dental expertise and comment

Overseas dentists coming to New Zealand

The conditions for practising dentistry in New Zealand are controlled by the statutory body - The Dental Council of New Zealand. Details of requirements can be viewed at www.dcnz.org.nz.

Work opportunities in New Zealand are variable depending on the area in which a dentist wishes to practise. Opportunities to work in private practice are available on the basis of assistantship, locum or purchase. There are fewer opportunities to work in the public sector, but hospital dental departments and school dental services do employ dentists.

FDI World Dental Federation

All dentists who are members of the NZDA automatically become members of the FDI World Dental Federation. This membership entitles dentists to FDI member discounts to any World Dental Congress (held in a different international location every year).