Events | 24 May, 2021

NZDHA / NZDOHTA Conference

Past, Present & Future. Celebrating 100 years of the NZ School Dental Service

The NZDHA/NZDOHTA conference was held at the Dunedin Centre on Friday 30th April – Saturday 1st May. It was a great event celebrating 100 years of the NZ School Dental Service, and 25 years since the first class of dental hygienist graduated from Otago Polytechnic.

After last year’s planned event being cancelled due to COVID-19, it was great for everyone to come together again, and meet face to face. There was a strong turnout, with over 300 delegates made up of Oral Health Therapists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Therapists, Orthodontic Auxiliaries and students attending over the two days.

We loved being out and about again, meeting new faces and catching up with old friends, with plenty of people stopping by our stand to say hi.

The Gala Dinner was held at the Toitū Otago Settlers Museum and celebrated the contribution these professions have made to improving the oral health of New Zealanders over the last 100 years.

The 2021 Award Winners:

  • Dental Therapist of the Year - Elizabeth Alice
  • Oral Health Therapist of the Year - Sheena McPhail
  • Dental Hygienist of the Year - Erin Campbell-Day
  • Dame Annette King Award for Excellence and Leadership in Oral Health - Helen Tane

We are particularly proud of Sheena McPhail from Lumino Red Beach, for winning Oral Health Therapist of the Year. Congratulations to all nominees and winners, your hard work has not gone unnoticed.

Thank you to the organisers from NZDHA & NZDOHTA, you put on a fantastic event!

Photo credit: Erin from Gravity Events