Oral Health Therapist | Westport


  • Full time, permanent role based in Westport, with travel within your district for clinical work at different schools
  • Registered Dental Therapist / Oral Health Therapist with current APC
  • As this is a role  in a remote area you may be eligible for a voluntary bonding scheme where you will receive $11796 after 3 years service and two additional payments of $3,932 after a fourth year and fifth year.
  • Provide dental therapy to our tamariki (children)

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari, he toa takitini

My strength, is not the strength  of one, it is the strength of many

What you’ll do with your time

As an Oral Health Therapist, you will be providing dental therapy to our tamariki (children) on the beautiful West Coast.

We currently have a permanent opportunity working in Westport and Northern Areas! You’ll be working in community and school settings with children and their whanau (family) and have the opportunity to work with diverse patient groups, managing a wide variety of oral health problems. You will be a reflective practitioner who embraces innovation and advances in clinical practice and will enjoy working in a team alongside other skilled dental/oral health therapists and assistants.

In this role, you will be responsible for:

  • Providing high quality oral health care appropriate to the physical, social and cultural needs of pre-school and school age clients;
  • Attending meetings, in-service training and courses relevant to the needs of the service and individual Dental/Oral Health Therapist;
  • Participating in team meetings and the service quality improvement process.

You will be a Dental / Oral Health Therapist with current APC and ideally you will have had exposure to Dental IT PMS experience e.g. Titanium, but this is not essential.

Some travel across the West Coast may be required.


What we are about

We are unique and like no other in New Zealand with a close-knit community where your work will make a real difference. As an organisation we are committed to help you grow as a leader in rural health with a continued focus on your career development.
Why us

This isn’t a job for just anyone, joining us means sharing our goals and values and being dedicated to this community and our team as we seek to become a centre of excellence in rural health care. We offer competitive benefits, flexible working arrangements and a relocation scheme to candidates who will join us in this.

What’s Next
Apply online our careers website, or for any further information please contact us on careers@westcoastdhb.health.nz

Applicants will be progressed as they apply, so if this sounds like you, please apply now! 

The role that you are applying for is one that may only be performed by a person who has been vaccinated against Covid-19.  It is therefore a condition of this application that you are vaccinated against Covid-19.  As a person working in the health and disability sector you will come into contact with a large number of people, some of whom may be vulnerable.  Without a vaccine, there is the risk that you may contract Covid-19.  The requirement to be vaccinated is to keep you safe and also to endeavour to protect others against the potential transmission of Covid-19 as a result of you contracting it in the course of your employment."

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Permanent/Full Time

Job no: PC2131815

Location: Buller and Northern Areas

Closing Date: Apply Today!