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Oral Health Therapists


If you’re an experienced Dental Therapist or Oral Health Therapist seeking a change of pace or lifestyle, or a New Graduate Oral Health Therapist seeking an opportunity after graduation to use and grow your clinical skills in Oral Health Therapy – look no further!

About the Opportunity

We have both full time and part time positions available, with some flexibility around working arrangements. Join us and live, work and play the Northland way – make the most of our rugged yet beautiful coastline, with breath-taking beaches, stunning coastal walks and biking tracks, and an abundance of leisure activities.

Enjoy variety with our steady, yet sometimes challenging caseload with the opportunity to practice both therapy and hygiene on unique cases not seen elsewhere.

Whether you are an experienced clinician, or just starting out, there is a lot to learn in Northland to grow your clinical skills, while enjoying everything our backyard has to offer.

Working in our community across our oral health clinics or mobile clinics you’ll provide treatments to patients of all ages, particularly children as part of our school service.

New Graduates, upon joining us you will take part of a fun orientation and comprehensive mentoring programme to introduce you to Northland and the wonderful community we serve – in addition you’ll receive a generous scholarship to help with your tuition costs!

About the Team

Our exceptional integrated Oral Health team comprises of Dentists, House Officers, Dental Therapists, Oral Health Therapists, and Dental Assistants, with a 1:1 dental assistant to therapist ratio.

We operate as a Monday to Friday service throughout Northland between 6.00am and 6.00pm, with bases in Whangārei, Kaipara including Mangawhai, Kerikeri, Kaikohe and Kaitaia.

We value our team members and strive to create an environment that is supportive and welcoming, where our team can work together, share and impart knowledge and experiences, and partake in various development opportunities throughout the year.

About You

If you are a motivated, flexible, and true team player looking to use and improve your clinical skills and seeking a change of pace and lifestyle - look no further!

You will be a New Zealand or Australian qualified Dental Therapist or Oral Health Therapist, hold registration and APC with the DCNZ, and hold a current driver's licence.

Northland DHB

There are many reasons why we love living in this beautiful region and working at Northland DHB – just ask our 3,600+ staff members.

Acute services are provided through the DHB’s four hospitals, based at Whangārei, Dargaville, Kawakawa and Kaitaia, with elective surgery performed at Whangārei and Kaitaia.

These services are supplemented by a network of community-based, outpatient and mental health services, a range of allied health services, and a public and population health unit. Some specialist services, like radiation treatment and neurology services are provided from Auckland or through visiting specialists travelling to Northland.

The DHB allocates funding across the health sector in Northland, contracting with a range of community-based service providers such as Mahitahi Hauora, our single Primary Health Entity, dentists, pharmacies and other non-government organisations.

A lot is expected of us. Our stakeholders include our patients and consumers, their whānau/family, the people of Northland, our Board, our staff, and the Minister and Ministry of Health. We have obligations to each of them which are reflected in our Vision, Mission and Values.

Our Values matter, resonate with us and go a long way to keeping us safe, healthy and happy.  They provide the basis for our organisational culture and remind us what's important.

Northland District Health Board is also an Approved Accredited Employer by the New Zealand Immigration Service.

Our Region

Northland is New Zealand’s northernmost region and the first to be settled by Polynesians and Europeans. Because of our comfortable climate and stunning landscape, our region is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. We have an abundance of ancient forests and historical sites, and are surrounded by world-class beaches, with over 100 beaches in the Whangarei District alone. Further north on the west coast, one beach alone is 110 kilometres long.

Whangārei, our region’s only city is set between the bustling city of Auckland and the magic of Cape Reinga. The region is renowned for giant sand dunes and kauri trees, exciting wildlife, vast areas of green, productive farmland and fruit orchards. 
We hold the highest average annual temperature in New Zealand, with summer day time temperatures ranging between 22°C - 26°C. Our winters are very mild, with winter night-time minimums only dropping to around 7°C on the odd occasion. Light frosts are possible in sheltered areas but are not common, and snow is unheard of in low regions.

The region has an average of 2000 annual sunshine hours, and rainfall is around 1,500 – 2,000mm annually, but approximately one-third of that falls during the winter months of June, July and August.

With a land area of 13,789 km², it is just a bit smaller than Connecticut but bigger than any county in the UK.
Follow these links for more information about Northland, why love living here and what we do in our free time!

Want to know more or ready to make the move?

Contact the Recruitment Team at Northland District Health Board now or apply below:


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