Dental Protection is the world's largest and most experienced
specialist provider of professional indemnity for dentists and
other members of the dental team. Dental Protection exists to
protect and safeguard the professional reputation, interests
and integrity of its members, whilst promoting best practice
in healthcare through tailored dentolegal workshops,
publications, and risk assessments.

With healthcare professionals at the core of their organisation, Dental Protection understands the needs of its members and the challenges that they face. As a mutual organisation, their assets are owned by members, and all subscriptions are used for members’ benefit.

For comprehensive information on Dental Protection membership, visit their website

What are the benefits of Dental Protection membership?

Dentolegal Advice and Support
Through a scheme of co-operation, acting as the agents for Dental Protection in New Zealand, NZDA can offer assistance and advice for any problems arising from the practise of dentistry. They can assist with matters relating to patient complaints, and are happy to provide guidance on handling a range of dentolegal issues. See below for NZDA contacts.

You can also seek help and advice directly from Dental Protection, who have more than 70 dentolegal advisers on hand to help with any legal and ethical problems that arise from your professional practice. You can call during normal daytime working hours (UK time), or 24 hours a day, seven days a week in an emergency.

Clinical negligence claims in New Zealand are rare, but if you do face a claim, Dental Protection can help. Membership gives you the right to request indemnity for any action, proceeding, claim or demand made against you that arises from your professional practice. 

Education, Events & Risk Management Resources
Like you, Dental Protection believes that prevention is better than cure. With decades of experience supporting and defending dental practitioners, they have a unique insight into why things go wrong, and why complaints and claims arise.  Using this knowledge, their educational services team have developed a range of workshops, events, and online learning modules to help you identify and address issues, reduce your risks and deliver improved patient outcomes.

As a member you can access: 

  • Free interactive skills workshops and seminars designed by leading dentolegal experts
  • Proven techniques to reduce your risk of complaints and claims
  • Fully accredited CPD points
  • Free online professional development modules, with over 40 hours verifiable CPD 
  • Dentolegal conferences and events
  • Advice Booklets
  • Case Studies
  • Clinical Audit Tools
  • Position Statements
  • Leading dentolegal publications including Riskwise

For more information, please visit the Dental Protection New Zealand website

How to become a member of the Dental Protection/NZDA Scheme of Co-operation

All applications for Dental Protection membership need to be made through NZDA. In order to apply, complete all sections of the application form in full and return to us with any supporting documentation. Once received, your completed application will be sent to Dental Protection in the UK for approval. This process can take between 2-10 working days.

Indemnity protection ONLY applies to the applicant whose name is on the completed application form. It is specific to you and cannot be used by anyone else.

To apply for Dental Protection please CLICK HERE

If you have questions on becoming a Dental Protection member, please contact the NZDA.

Important Contacts

Membership enquires
Please contact
Jill Watson
P: +64 9 579 8001
E: jill@nzda.org.nz

Received a complaint? 
Please contact
Pepe Davenport
P: +64 9 579 8001
E: pepe@dplnz.co.nz

Dental Protection Manager New Zealand
David Crum
NZDA CEO via PA, Pepe Davenport
P: +64 9 579 8001
E: pepe@dplnz.co.nz