Our Purpose

Our purpose is to serve dental hygiene, dental therapy and oral health therapy professions by preserving and promoting their interests and enhancing their professional profile.


The New Zealand Oral Health Association, Te Ohu Pūniho Ora o Aotearoa, (NZOHA) was established in September 2021 by the New Zealand Dental & Oral Health Therapists Association (NZDOHTA) and the New Zealand Dental Hygienists Association (NZDHA). 

NZDOHTA and NZDHA could see the potential benefits of joining together, which included aligning with the new Ministry of Health strategy for integrated service delivery and with the new Bachelor of Oral Health. 

One association will unify professionals with the NZOHA encompasing Dental Therapy, Dental Hygiene and Oral Health Therapy. 

"As one association, we will have a bigger and louder voice to advocate for our profession for better oral health outcomes in Aotearoa."

Samuel Carrington, Vice President of NZDHA and Te Ao Mārama Rep of NZDOHTA

Our Executive Committee

The NZDHA Executive Committee and NZDOHTA Board have been collaborating together to provide oversight, management and coordination of the formation of the new association, NZOHA, Te Ohu Pūniho Ora o Aotearoa.

New Zealand Oral Health Practitioner Awards 2022

In recognition of oral health practitioners who exemplify commitment to oral health care, NZOHA introduced the Oral Health Practitioner Awards.

We wish to acknowledge our members who are going above and beyond to raise the bar for our respective professions.

The 2022 winners are:

Contact us with any questions, or to join NZOHA


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