Information for Dentists Coming to New Zealand

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Additional information about dentistry in New Zealand

Dentistry in New Zealand is generally practiced within the private sector, although patients with a low income are sometimes entitled to some government assistance or treatment within the dental departments of local hospitals.

Dental health insurance is surprisingly uncommon, although dental trauma and accident related injuries are subsidised by the government run Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC).  Children are also covered by another government scheme called Dental Benefits.

The speed at which dentists work in New Zealand is generally slower than in the UK.  It would be unusual for a dentist to see more than 15-18 patients per day and a strong emphasis is placed on patient education and preventative advice.  A dentist can expect to earn a good salary by New Zealand standards.

In terms of paperwork, you will be required to register with the New Zealand Dental Council and apply for an annual practicing certificate (APC)..  Indemnity insurance is also required, which can be arranged through the New Zealand Dental Association once you arrive in the country.

If you are looking for short term or long term dental employment and would like more information please register with us.

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Once we receive your details we will make contact and explain further how we can help you in your search for work. At this stage we may also ask you for further information about your requirements. This will assist us in finding you a suitable position.

Once registered with LANZ Recruitment we aim to:

  • Simplify the job seeking process
  • Match you with a suitable employer
  • Assist in the immigration and registration procedures
  • Offer support and advice every step of the way
  • Provide you with contacts in New Zealand and the UK

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