Advanced Dental Therapist/Oral Health Therapist

Nau mai, haere mai ki Te Whatu Ora – Capital, Coast & Hutt Valley District

Location: Porirua

Service: Bee Healthy - KapiMana Team

Contract: Permanent -Flexible options for part or full time

Hours: 32 hours to 40 hours per week 

About the role

Advanced Dental and Oral Health Therapists are part of our clinical leadership team.

They spend (approximately) 30% of their time in formal clinical leadership activities supporting the Clinical Director in maintaining and improving the quality of clinical services provided by Bee Healthy, and in problem solving clinical issues.

The other (approximately) 70% of their time they work clinically as a Dental or Oral Health Therapist.

They also provide leadership in role modelling our values and in and in encouraging a positive workplace culture.

The Advanced Therapist for the KapiMana team will primarily be responsible for providing clinical leadership within the KapiMana team, but they will also need to work with the rest of the clinical leadership team to think about the needs of the whole service, and from time to time may be required to assist other teams.

The role is full time (40 hours per week), but part time at 0.8 FTE (32 hours per week) will be considered.

Skills and Experience

  • Current Annual Practicing certificate and registered, or qualifies for registration, with Dental Council New Zealand as a Dental or Oral Health Therapist,
  • Operates at or near the top of their scope,
  • A minimum of three years’ experience as a Dental or Oral Health Therapist,
  • Experience in providing care to high needs communities an advantage,
  • Experience in mentoring graduate Oral Health Therapists an advantage,
  • Ability to converse in Te Reo Māori, Pacific Island languages, New Zealand Sign Language, and/or the languages of refugee communities an advantage,
  • Cultural understanding of communities with high oral health needs, and the ability to engage with those communities sensitively and effectively, is an advantage.
  • Personal understanding of the challenges faced by people with disabilities, or experience working with people with disabilities, is an advantage.
  • Provides culturally safe practice,
  • Advanced knowledge of Infection Prevention Control,
  • Understands own limitation of clinical knowledge and responsibility,
  • Demonstrates the ability to coach, mentor and teach others.
  • Current driver’s licence, and ability to drive to other hubs in Wellington

Mō tō mātou rōpū – About our team
Bee Healthy provides oral health education and clinical services to tamariki throughout the Hutt Valley, Wellington, Porirua, and Kāpiti regions. Everything we do is aimed at providing excellent service to the whānau and tamariki in our region, to help them to improve and maintain excellent oral health.

E pā ana ki a tatou – About us

Here at Capital, Coast & Hutt Valley District we embrace diversity and welcome applications from all people, including all gender identities, ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, disability and religions. A workforce that is diverse and inclusive means that we are better positioned to understand and serve our community.

Capital, Coast & Hutt Valley District are pro-equity health organisation, with a particular focus on Māori, Pacific Peoples, and the Disability Community.

To find out more about us click on the following links:


Capital and Coast

Hutt Valley

Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Service


Me pēhea te tuku tono - How to apply

Click the apply now button to send your application directly to us. For further information on this role please email and indicate the job title and vacancy number (23117094-23) in the subject line.

Your safety and that of our patients is important to us. It is our expectation that you will be fully vaccinated against COVID 19, having received two doses of an approved COVID 19 vaccination.

Ma tini, ma mano, ka rapa te whai
By joining together we will succeed

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Job no: 23117094-23

Location: Porirua

Closing Date: 16 April 2023