Te Ohu Pūniho Ora O Aotearoa NZOHA Conference 2024

When: Friday 5th and Saturday 6th July 2024
 The Cordis, Auckland

Registrations now closed

Thank you to Our Speakers

Dr Angie Papas

BDS (University of Sydney), Master of Laser Dentistry (LA&HA)

Laser-Assisted Hygiene: Enhance Patient Outcomes & Practice Efficiency

Dr Abdul Aziz

BDS Otago, ClinDent Endo

Dental Trauma Management

Professor Ian Meyers


A Range of Restorative Regimes to Enhance Clinical Practice

Dr James Goodrich

BDS (Otago), CertGMH (Harvard), FFOMP (Forensic Odontology) (RCPA), FNZSP, FAAFS, FICD, FADI, MFFLM (RCP Lond.), MCSFS, MRSNZ.

Forensic Odontology

Dr. John Hale

PhD (Immunology & Microbiology)

The little bacterium that could: probiotics to support oral health

Dr Rakesh Jattan

Bachelor of Dental Surgery, University of Otago; Masters of Dental Surgery, University of Otago; MB ChB, University of Otago

Spot the difference - Oral Pathology

Dr Sarah Kelly

BDS Otago

Can We Do Zero Waste Dentistry?

Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles

PhD Microbiology, Napier University, Edinburgh, UK BSc (First Class Hons) Medical Microbiology, University of Edinburgh, New Zealander of the Year 2021

Superbugs and Surviving Antibiotic Resistance

Dr Victoria Sampson

BDS (Lond) MFDS RCS Ed Pg Dip Functional Dentist

Oral microbiome
Mouth body connections

Kate Rotella

Dental Hygienist 

The Business of Doing Business

Conference Agenda

Friday 5th July

7.45am - Registration Open

8.30am - Welcome

8.45am - Superbugs and Surviving Antibiotic Resistance - Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles

9.45am - Morning Tea

10.15am - A Range of Restorative Regimes to Enhance Clinical Practice - Professor Ian Myers

11.15am - Spot the difference - Oral Pathology - Dr Rakesh Jattan

12.15pm - Lunch

1.15pm - The Oral Microbiome - What Is It And How Does It Impact Oral And Systemic Health - Dr Victoria Sampson

2.15pm - Laser-Assisted Hygiene:Enhance Patient Outcomes & Practice Efficiency - Dr Angi Papas

3.15pm - Afternoon tea

3.45pm - Dental Trauma - Dr Abdul Aziz

4.45pm - NZOHA Presentations

5.00pm - President's Shout

Saturday 6th July

9.00am - The Mouth Body Connection - How Dental Professionals Should Be Health Coaches - Dr Victoria Sampson

10.00am - Morning Tea

10.30am - Can We Do Zero Waste Dentistry?- Dr Sarah Kelly

11.30am - Prevention Is Better Than The Cure, Pioneering A New Era In Oral Health Cure - Dr Victoria Sampson

12.30pm - Lunch

1.30pm - The Little Bacterium That Could: Probiotics To Support Oral Health - Dr John Hale

2.30pm - Forensic Odontology - Dr James Goodrich

3.30pm - Afternoon tea

4.00pm - The Business of Doing Business - Kate Rotella, Dental Hygienist.

4.45pm - Closing

Thank you to our event sponsors

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Thank you to the Exhibiting Companies

The following companies were at our conference, available to chat with delegates, answer questions and share their latest research and product developments. 

Aluro Healthcare NZ

We love what we do!  Our team have voted us in the Top 0.5% workplace 3 years running. We get dentistry, and we get your business. We go the extra mile, just ask Tracey’s customers about her freshly baked muffins! We have been supplying dentists and pharmacies with some awesome products and brands for over 25 years. We have dedicated equipment specialists that problem solve and consult with you for your unique practice and budget. We work with large international brands, along with some very cool small kiwi brands. We are Kiwi, we are Aluro.

BioMin Toothpaste

BioMin F & BioMin C are multi award-winning toothpaste developed at Queen Mary University London.  Born from a decade’s research its unique technology has been designed to help relieve sensitive tooth pain, remineralise and reverse early decay & enamel loss, neutralise acids and strengthen teeth.

BLIS Probiotics

Blis Technologies - Leading Innovators of Mouth and Throat Probiotics - Our primary motivation is to find scientific solutions to support good human health outcomes. Our unique patented advanced oral probiotic strains are designed to support mouth, throat, and dental health. Backed by 30 years of research and scientific studies, our BLIS Probiotics products are proudly made locally in Dunedin, New Zealand.

BMS Insurance

BMS Risk Solutions (NZ) Limited (BMS) is the exclusive insurance broker for the New Zealand Oral Health Association (NZOHA). Through this partnership NZOHA can offer members Professional Indemnity Insurance as an optional add on to their NZOHA Membership.

To find out more visit nzoha.bmsgroup.com

BMS FSP 696531, NZBN 9429047279339

Byron Medical

Byron Medical is at the forefront of ergonomic solutions specializing in premium dental products tailored for the Australian and New Zealand markets. With years of global expertise in the dental industry, we prioritize customer satisfaction, service, and experience. Engineered for comfort, clarity, and precision, our Loupes enable you to achieve outstanding results while maintaining a natural ergonomic posture. Using advanced optical technology, Byron Medical offers customisable features and crystal-clear optics - enhancing dental practice efficiency and practitioner well-being. The satisfaction from seeing how our customers benefit from healthier posture and our uncompromising strive for excellence in customer service is what drives us to be the best in the field.


Colgate is a global leader in oral care technology, products and dental education. Products include technologically advanced toothpastes, power & manual toothbrushes, mouth-rinses, interdental appliances.The Colgate Professional Oral Care range provides professional anti-cavity, gingival health, sensitivity and tooth whitening products. Colgate places an emphasis on education & prevention. 

Dentsply Sirona

Dentsply Sirona is the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies, with over a century of innovation and service to the dental industry and patients worldwide. Dentsply Sirona develops, manufactures, and markets a comprehensive solution offering, including dental and oral health products as well as other consumable medical devices under a strong portfolio of world class brands. Dentsply Sirona’s products provide innovative, high-quality and effective solutions to advance patient care and deliver better and safer dental care.


DRC NZ is a 100% New Zealand-owned Dental and Orthodontic Industry supplier for over 20 years.
Our mission is to help dental professionals work more efficiently and achieve treatment goals with high-quality, innovative products such as Curaprox and the award-winning whitening systems from FGM Dental.

Grin Natural

Grin Natural is a leading New Zealand Oral Care brand that offers sustainable and natural alternatives in the oral care aisle. With praise from Forbes, Entrepreneur, The Today Show and Allure – we create oral care that truly cares for our consumers and the planet. We focus equally on what we leave out and what we put in, with product safety and consumer wellbeing as our top priority. The natural toothpaste range is free of added chemicals, SLS, added sugar, preservatives, artificial colours/flavours, fragrances, and harsh abrasives. Instead, it uses pure New Zealand-sourced natural active ingredients, such as manuka oil, propolis, and organic sea salt. The toothpaste is clinically proven to combat common oral bacteria and is ranged in dental clinics and supermarkets across the entire country.

Healthcare Essentials

Healthcare Essentials are suppliers of high quality Dental products in New Zealand. With a range of quality suppliers from around the Globe, combined with personal service, we bring a unique offering to New Zealand Clinicians. We continue to acquire new, innovative, and exclusive products as we work closely with our Manufactures and customers.

Henry Schein NZ

Henry Schein New Zealand was formed in 2007, when two of New Zealand's most innovative and successful dental businesses (Shalfoon Bros Ltd and Henry Schein Regional Ltd) joined together. Built on decades of service to the dental profession; the business today is committed to the core principles of superior customer service, employee integrity, and the delivery of professional advice to our customers. As we move into the future, you can rely on us to continue bringing you the innovative products and solutions from the brands you know and trust.


We support dental professionals in fulfilling their passion and purpose: to ensure that people have the best possible oral health and quality of life, today and in the future.

We are one of the world’s leading-edge dental companies. Our integrated solutions are helping to improve the state of oral health throughout the world. Like our customers we never stand still – We share one mission: Making People Smile.

Kerr / Orascoptic

For 125 years, Kerr has been serving the comprehensive needs of the entire dental care community in pursuit of enhancing oral health. Individual Kerr brands are encompassed within the Kerr Restoratives, Kerr Endodontics, Kerr Rotary, and Kerr TotalCare product lines. Kerr is a global leader with a long history of innovation and commitment to Dental Excellence and a common purpose of enabling healthy, beautiful smiles.

Founded by a dentist in 1981, Orascoptic has been designing and manufacturing award-winning loupes and light systems in Middleton, Wisconsin for over 40 years. We now operate as a business within Envista, a global family of more than 30 trusted medical device brands. We remain committed to establishing enduring customer relationships.

Lumino The Dentists

As New Zealand’s largest dental provider, Lumino The Dentists are proud to provide high quality, evidence-based dentistry to patients all over the country. With over 100 practices nationwide, Lumino offers the opportunity to grow & learn, collaborative support & leading technology. Enjoy the best of both lifestyle and career with Lumino.

NSK Oceania

Advanced oral care for dentists and hygienists, NSK supports your daily clinical practice with effective and comfortable to use professional oral care equipment such as our high-performance ultrasonic and powder devices. 

Pharmaco Dental: Oraltec & Crown Dental

With the acquisition of Oraltec and Crown Dental, Pharmaco now offers an extensive range of products to support oral health in New Zealand. From the latest technology in digital dentistry, to ergonomically designed instruments, to composites and interdental brushes, Pharmaco Dental supplies the latest high quality, innovative products from around the world. This is supported with in-depth training and exceptional service.

Piksters Erskine Oral Care

Erskine Oral Care is a leading Australian Dental distributor founded by Dr Craig Erskine-Smith in 1992.

We have over 30 years of experience in providing dental professionals quality dental solutions to support them in delivering quality patient care.

We have a commitment to our customers to continue to provide quality and reliable services through our distribution network.

We offer an extensive selection of innovative dental solutions from world leading oral care brands including Piksters, SupaGrip and many more.

Radiant Health

At Radiant Health, our company vision is simple: to provide trusted brands that improve people’s health and wellbeing every day with a wide range of market-leading, branded prescription medicines and consumer healthcare products.  Our success is built by the Radiant Health team, our partners and leading the way to better health through the wide range of medical products we distribute.  Our oral health brand Difflam includes gargles and a mouth gel.


In April 2024, 3M Health Care became Solventum, an independent global healthcare company dedicated to finding breakthrough solutions to your toughest challenges.

With four business groups including Dental Solutions, Medical Surgical, Health Information Systems and Purification & Filtration, our mission is to enable better, smarter, safer healthcare to improve lives.

Solventum originates from two words: “solving” and “momentum”. “Solving” captures the company’s dedication to finding breakthrough solutions. “Momentum” symbolises swifter, nimbler innovation.

Beautiful healthy smiles: That’s our focus in Dental Solutions as we leverage 70+ years of innovation to deliver cutting edge solutions to dental professionals around the world and empower them to improve patient outcomes and transform practices. Our portfolio of trusted, reputable dental brands includes Filtek™, RelyX™, Sof-Lex™, Scotchbond™, Protemp™ and Impregum™

We never stop solving for you.

New Zealand Oral Health Practitioner Awards 2024

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 2024 nominees are:

The 2024 winners are:

Thank you to our awards sponsors

Dental Hygienist Of The Year Sponsor

Dental Therapist Of The Year Sponsor

Oral Health Therapist Of The Year Sponsor

Hon. Dame Annette King Award For Excellence and Leadership In Oral Health Sponsor


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