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Dental therapist trainees for New Zealand

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A party of 26 young Australian women will leave Sydney for

New Zealand tomorrow morning to begin a two year course in dental


The young women are the first of a total of 100 Australians

who will begin training in New Zealand during the next year to provide

the initial staff for the National dental service for school children

announced by the Government in January.

Further parties will leave later this year and early next


They will train at New Zealand Department of Health Training

Colleges at Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

The Minister for Health, Dr D.N. Everingham and the Director

of the Division of Dental Health in New Zealand, Mr R. Logan, met the

first 26 students at a gathering in Sydney this afternoon.

They are from Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria

and South Australia and today was also the first time they had met each

other. Four will train in Auckland, 12 in Wellington and 10 in Christchurch.

The trainees are ’mostly school leaver# embarking for the first

time on a career.

Dr Everingham said that the Australian students were being

trained in New Zealand pending an expansion of training facilities in

Australia. .

. He said that the young women, following their two years training

in New Zealand, would be employed in the various school dental services in,

Australia,, ■

They would work under the general direction and control of qualified

dentists and would carry out routine dental work, such as fillings, non-

surgical extractions and health education of children in their care® They

would be capable of recognising dental anomalies in school children which

were beyond their skill to treat® These cases would be referred to

supervising dentists®

Dr Everingham said that the condition of the teeth of Australia's

school children was among the worst in the world . The education of children

in the proper care of their teeth was an essential primary step in the

improvement of this situation and the dental therapists would be specially

trained for this work.

The introduction of the dental therapists was, however, not a

compromise, but a practicable solution to the problem of improving the dental

health of school children® He said it had proved most effective in New

Zealand for more than 50 years and encoursging results had been achieved

in Tasmania, South Australia and in the A.C.T.

Dr Everingham said that consultations were being held with the

State Governments and the appropriate professional bodies on the extension

of the school dental service in Australia.

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Canberra, March 5, 1975 Dept. No. 22