Te Ohu Pūniho Ora O Aotearoa NZOHA Conference 2023

When: Friday 13th - Saturday 14th October 2023
 Tākina Wellington Convention Centre

Join us for two days of education, professional growth, collegiality,
connection and fun.

Registrations opening 17th April 2023
Member Super Early Bird - $445 (17th - 23rd April)
Member Early Bird - $499 (24th April - 31st July)
Member Standard - $649 (1st August - 30th September)
Student - $250 (Students must be on campus at time of event)
Gala Dinner Ticket - $125 (limited tickets)
Non Member - $1099

All prices include GST

Registrations Close 1 October 2023

Gala Dinner

Join us for dinner at the Queens Wharf Ballroom, Foxglove on Friday 13th October for a fantastic night. MC'd by Anita Wigl'it (from RuPauls Drag Race) this will be a fun and entertaining evening to remember.

We will also be presenting the 2023 association awards and have entertainment from Shaun Preston, a Wellington based singer/songwriter.

Students and non members, please contact us if you'd like to attend the NZOHA conference. 


Times and topics are subject to change

Friday 13th October 2023




Registration Open





Morning tea


Water Fluoridation in Aotearoa -Professor Jonathan Broadbent & Dr Tim Chambers





Who’s More Anxious, You Or Your Patient? - Dr Roisin McGrath



Afternoon tea



Cocktail Hour


Gala Dinner - Entertainment by Shaun Preston

Saturday 14th October 2023




Periodontal Diesease......So what? - Dr Kere Kobayashi, BDS (Adel), BSc (Hons), MSc (Otago), DClinDent (Perio) (Adel), FRACDS (Perio),


Morning Tea


Sodium Diamine Fluoride - Dr Olivia Murdoch, BDS (Otago) Special Needs Dentist


Prevention as Intervention: The Contemporary Approach to Caries Management - Dr. James Fernando




Optimising opportunities and recognising silver linings: Postgraduate education at the University of Otago and Auckland University of Technology. - Dr Susan Moffat & Karen Landsown


Solid Makes Moves To Clean Up Dental Space - Laura Dixon, OHT


Afternoon tea




Conference Speakers

Dr. James Fernando

Lecturer General Dentistry (Cariology) Melbourne Dental School

Dr. James Fernando is a dentist and dental academic, having completed his Doctor of Philosophy in 2018 researching chemical repair of the dental hard tissues (remineralisation). He is currently a Research Fellow of the Cariology Research group at the Melbourne Dental School. James has been in private practice for over 10 years and operates a dry mouth clinic in the Oral Medicine department at the Royal Dental Hospital Melbourne.

As an early career researcher, James has published in the Journal of Dentistry, Caries Research and Nature Scientific Reports. He has presented at numerous dental conferences both locally and internationally. He is a member of the European Organisation for Caries Research, the International Association for Dental Research and was a finalist in the 2018 CRCA Early Researcher showcase. James also teaches the cariology component of the Doctor of Dental Surgery and Bachelor of Oral Health courses at Melbourne Dental School. He is currently the Chair of the Oral Health Committee of the Australian Dental Association, Victorian branch. His research interests are the prevention of dental decay and dental erosion, as well as the clinical use of calcium- and fluoride-containing dental technologies.

Karen Lansdown

BOH, M.Ed, Adult Scope

Karen Lansdown is Head of Department Oral Health at Auckland University of Technology. In her role with Health Sciences Karen oversees the undergraduate and postgraduate programs and is responsible for strategic planning in oral health.

As an oral health therapist with adult scope restorative and postgraduate qualifications in education, Karen has had seventeen years of clinical and eleven years teaching experience. Her teaching philosophy ‘is to make the mundane extraordinary and simplify the complex’. She contributes to the development of educational strategies, consistency of practice, alignment of polices, and procedures ensuring high quality outcomes for students. Her success in transformative teaching has been recognized internationally as a fellow and assessor of the Higher Education Academy UK and through faculty and Vice-Chancellor’s teaching awards.

Karen has been involved in various committees, working groups and a School, Faculty and University level including the Faculty Board, Advisory Groups, Collaborative Health Education Sydney Community of Practice (interprofessional learning) and designing university graduate quality rubrics.

Currently Karen is working towards her PhD titled, The Oral Health Priorities for people with Cerebral Palsy and received over $105,000 in competitive grants. She has presented her research at both national and international levels, is a masters supervisors and peer reviewer for three international journals internationally and across Australasia.

Karen has been actively involved in Health Promotion including the Wingara Mura-Bunga Barrabugu Summer Program, Sydney Homeless Connect and partnership between the Carevan Sunsmiles Program at the University of Sydney designed to raise awareness for 'poverty reduction and sustainable development'. In 2017 this program received an international award for social responsibility on behalf of The Global Child Dental fund.

Prior to commencing her academic role, Karen worked as an Oral Health Therapist (OHT) in South Australia in both the private and public sectors. In the public sector, Karen worked as an OHT in a country town of Adelaide and was involved in the provision of dental services for the South Australian Dental Service (SADS). In her role with the SADS, Karen implemented a program for the provision of dental services to incarcerated youth. In the private sector, Karen worked as an OHT for a general and specialist periodontal practice with a focus on education, prevention, and the treatment of periodontal disease.

Dr Susan Moffat

PhD BA (Otago) CertDentTher DPH

Susan Moffat's principal research interests are in the fields of dental public health, dental therapy history, and dental therapy / oral health therapy education and workforce. Dental therapy is an academic discipline which has not (until recently) had a research tradition of its own, having relied traditionally on work undertaken in the disciplines of paediatric dentistry and dental public health. In that respect, Susan has been one of the pioneers in dental therapy research, and her work has laid some of the groundwork for an ongoing research foundation for both the dental therapy and oral health therapy disciplines.

Professor Jonathan Broadbent

BDS PhD PGDipComDent

Professor Broadbent's research interests include the epidemiology of dental caries, tooth loss, and periodontal disease. He has special interests in dental longitudinal research and inequalities in dental health.

Tim Chambers

BPhEd (Hons 1st Class) BA PhD (Public Health)

Tim is a Fulbright Scholar (Harvard University) and a Senior Research Fellow in the Health, Environment and Infection Research Unit at the University of Otago, Wellington. His research interests include environmental health and infectious diseases. Tim’s current research investigates the potential health burden of drinking water contamination, with a focus on nitrate contamination. Tim has also contributed to the Covid-19 response through his work on digital contact tracing for multiple Government agencies.

Dr Chambers uses spatial and quantitative research methods to understand the connections between place, space and health. Tim’s research also uses innovative technological solutions – such as wearable cameras, GPS devices and Bluetooth tracking devices to understand complex human behaviour. Tim’s research agenda also has a strong equity and policy focus.

Dr Chambers completed his PhD in public health at the University of Otago in 2018. Dr Chambers also has degrees in Physical Education and Classical Studies. Tim was a research associate at Imperial College London before returning to the University of Otago in April 2020.

Dr Roisin McGrath

DipDH, DipDT, GC-INTLHL, MPH, PhD, Senior Lecturer Oral Health Melbourne Dental School

Roisin has worked in the oral health field for over 30 years. She currently works part-time at the University of Melbourne as a Lecturer in Oral Health and is also employed by Dental Health Services Victoria as the Manager of the Dental Teaching Clinic at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne.

She has qualifications in dental assisting, dental hygiene and dental therapy. She also has a Graduate Certificate in International Health, a Master of Public Health (Sexual Health) and a PhD in oral health promotion. Never one to stop learning, Roisin has recently enrolled in a Graduate Certificate in University Teaching. She is also an accredited Mental Health First Aid instructor and delivers MHFA training to dental practitioners. Roisin is a passionate advocate for the oral health professions and has been actively involved in the Dental Hygienists Association of Australia for many years. In her (very limited) spare time, Roisin enjoys spending time with her family, reading, cooking and camping.

Dr Kere R Kobayashi

BDS (Adel), BSc (Hons), MSc (Otago), DClinDent (Perio) (Adel), FRACDS (Perio)

Originally from Tauranga, Dr Kere Kobayashi graduated in Dentistry from the University of Adelaide in 2003 and then went on to work in the Royal Australian Navy, both ashore and at sea. After working as Dental officer for a number of years, he returned to Adelaide to undertake specialty training. In 2012, Kere graduated with a Doctorate in Clinical Dentistry in the field of Periodontics.

Kere has lectured extensively and spent many years teaching Dentists and Dental Students at University of Adelaide and was the Periodontal clinical lecturer for the Hygienists at TAFE(SA).

Kere is a member of the following groups: Australian Society of Periodontology, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Periodontists, International Team for Implantology (ITI) and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.

Conference Accommodation Options

Oaks Wellington – 89 Courtenay Place

Offer: 10% off best room rate at the time of booking.


Access offer here

Quest – Multiple Venues

Offer: Fixed price of $190 for a studio and $250 for a one bedroom for the dates of the event plus buffer available at any of the 8 Quest properties in Wellington.

Code: NZOHA23


Astelia, Boulcott Suites, HOTEL

Offer: 20% off the best room rate at the time of booking at any of the above properties.

Access offer here

Copthorne – 100 Oriental Parade

Offer: 10% off best room rate at time of booking.

Code: NZOHA23

Terms and Conditions: Delegates apply this code when booking directly



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