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
- membership rates apply to ADOHTA and DHAA members, please contact us

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 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


Welcome - Peter Jackson


Wish for a Smile – Dr Matt Barker


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


Morning tea & book signing


Injecting the Future of NZ Dentistry – BOTOX, Dermal Filler & Beyond - Dr Myles Holt


Promoting Positive Oral Health Through Simple Probiotic Intervention - Dr. John Hale




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


The Oral Health Workforce Trends from the regulator's Perspective - Dr Andrew Cautley


Afternoon tea


Periodontal Disease - A Missed diagnosis or Misdiagnosis? - Dr Kere Kobayashi


Re-Imagining The Way We Brush: From Oral Health Therapist To Toothpaste Maker - Laura Dixon


Cocktail Hour


Gala Dinner - Absolutely Fabulous - Entertainment by Shaun Preston and Drag Superstar Anita Wigl'it

Saturday 14th October 2023




Ok, I have Periodontal Disease...So what now? - Dr Kere Kobayashi


Morning Tea


Silver Diamine Fluoride - Dr Olivia Murdoch


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


Sleep Apneoa - Dr Basil Al-Amleh


Afternoon tea


A Mouth is More than Teeth; an Oromyofunctional Point of View- Lorna Byrne



Conference Speakers

Dr Matt Barker

BSc (Cant), BDS, MDS (Ortho)

Wish for a Smile

Matt Barker is a specialist orthodontist in Wellington. In addition to working at his private practice, Matt is chair of the Wish For A Smile charitable trust, chair of the Orthodontic mentoring committee, and works at Hutt Hospital on the cleft palate team and the maxillofacial team (which he also chairs).

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.

Dr. John Hale

PhD (Immunology & Microbiology)

John leads the Scientific Services Division (SSD) of Blis Technologies, Blis is the developer of probiotics (good bacetria) for application to the the oral cavity and skin. The SSD focuses on the core research and development behind both current and new probiotic strains. John has gained experience working in a commercial scientific setting ensuring that our R and D activities across core research, development requirements, clinical trials regulatory, IP, fermentation and quality control comply with the appropriate requirements. Further, John holds an adjunct role at the Dept Microbiology and Immunology at University of Otago and continues to bridge academic with commercial science.

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.

Dr. Olivia Murdoch

BDS DClinDent (SND)

Olivia is a specialist in Special Care Dentistry and works as a consultant for Te Whatu Ora Waitaha, Hospital Dental Service. She graduated with a DClinDent in Special Needs Dentistry from the University of Otao in 2015. She is passionate about oral healthcare for individuals with disabilities, high needs or medical complexity. She believes in equitable access to oral healthcare for all in Aotearoa.

Dr. James Fernando

BDS (Hons), PhD (Melb)

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.

Associate Professor Susan Moffat

PhD BA (Otago) CertDentTher DPH

Susan Moffat graduated as a school dental nurse in 1984 and worked for the School Dental Service (SDS) for many years. In 1999, she was appointed to a position at the University of Otago Faculty of Dentistry, initially as a clinical tutor in the dental therapy programmes, and later as a lecturer in both the dental therapy and oral health programmes. Susan is now convenor of the Bachelor of Oral Health and Master of Oral Health programmes and an associate professor in the Department of Oral Sciences. In the past, Susan has served as a member of the NZDTA National Council, the NZDOHTA Board, and the DCNZ Dental Therapist and Dental Hygienist/Dental Therapist Boards. Her research interests are also profession-related and include oral health workforce and education, and dental public 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 Myles Holt 

BDS, MSc (Aesthetic Medicine), LLM (Hlth&Med.), FIADFE

With a Masters in Health and Medical Law from Melbourne University and a Masters in Aesthetic Medicine from Queen Mary University London, where he now also contributes to the curriculum, Dr Myles Holt is a much sought-after global thought-leader and presenter in cosmetic medicine and the incorporation of various skin health and facial rejuvenation procedures in Dentistry.

Myles co-founded the Australasian Academy of Dento-Facial Aesthetics (AADFA) in 2009; pioneered the industry-leading concept of complete dento-facial health and aesthetics; and developed an extensive training pathway which has gained recognition and accreditation from various professional institutions, governing bodies, product manufacturers and insurance companies as being the pre- eminent training for dental practitioners wishing to offer skin rejuvenation services, across 15 countries.

Following corporate acquisition of AADFA in 2022, Myles is now based in Spain as the Global Clinical Director at AADFA International, now one of the world’s most recognised (and New Zealand’s largest) training organisations for dento-facial aesthetics, representing more than 17,000 dental practitioners worldwide.

Dr Holt’s pioneering work has included authoring and delivering the Facial Aesthetics Module for the Masters of Aesthetic Dentistry program as an Honorary Lecturer at King’s College London; becoming the youngest ever Regent of the International Academy of Dental and Facial Esthetics in New York; being part of the research and development team behind the professional lip care range, Lip-Tx; and his ground-breaking research and protocols in the use of dermal filler injections to improve interdental papilla deficiencies (“black triangles”), ultrasound guided non-surgical face lifting, and combination LED collagen stimulation and teeth-whitening, have attracted substantial media coverage, including being broadcast globally on “The Doctors” TV program and being requested as a regular commentor for multiple media outlets.

Dr Andrew Cautley

BDS (Otago), MDS (Rest Dent) (Otago), MRACDS (Pros)

Andrew has 40 year’s clinical experience across both the private and public sector and has had his own private specialist practice since 1994. He has lectured widely in New Zealand and overseas, covering a range of subjects in the field of prosthodontics. Andrew is an active member of the NZ Dental Association, including past executive board member and President of Nelson Branch of NZDA.

Laura Nixon

BHealSci (Oral Health) Otago

Laura is the founder and CEO of Solid. Solid make sustainable, dental approved oral care products in Tītahi Bay.

16 million toothpaste tubes and 20 million plastic toothbrushes go to landfill every year in Aotearoa. Can we do better? What are the barriers that stop us changing the way we brush? And do we need to compromise our oral health to achieve sustainable change? These are some of the questions that led oral health therapist, Laura Nixon to start formulating her own toothpastes, powders and tablets in her retrofitted home toothpaste lab in Tītahi Bay. Join Laura to hear about her journey, designing out the waste in oral care, running a values based business committed to protecting our oral health, and making the move from practitioner to toothpaste maker.

Our products are all in glass jars that can be returned and reused, and Solid is pioneering instore refill, including the world’s first instore toothpaste dispenser. Solid was a finalist in the 2021 Sustainable Business Awards ‘Going Circular’ category and is certified Carbon Positive by Ekos. Laura is a Oral Health Therapist and one of the few toothpaste formulators in New Zealand. We are proud to have saved 50,000 toothpaste tubes from going to landfill so far.

Karen Lansdown


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.



Students please contact us if you'd like to attend the NZOHA conference. 

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Conference Accommodation Options

Oaks Wellington – 89 Courtenay Place
Offer: 10% off best room rate at the time of booking.
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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.
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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

The Ibis and Mövenpick Wellington
Offer: 10% off the best room rates
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