G M Rigg

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  • Email from DCNZ with regard to the above waffle, flannel, or what ever you want to call it, quote:

    The New Zealand Medical Council is a separate regulatory authority to the Dental Council. A medical practitioner must be registered with the Medical Council to practice in New Zealand and oral health practitioners must be registered by the Dental Council to practice here.  Each practitioner’s registration (for both Medical Council and Dental Council)  covers a “scope of practice” in which they are registered to practice.

    Medical practitioners registered by the Medical Council can apply for registration in the “Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery” scope of practice.

    Oral health practitioners registered by the Dental Council can apply for registration in the “Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Specialist” scope of practice. 

    The scope of practice is a detailed and technical document that sets out the parameters of practice i.e. what the practitioner can and can’t do legally within their practice as either a medical practitioner or an oral health practitioner.  Some oral health practitioners are also qualified as medical practitioners and vice versa. These practitioners can choose to be registered by both Councils depending on the nature of their practice.

    Valentina Vassiliadis

    Acting Deputy Registrar

    Legal & Special Projects Advisor


    Oral & maxillofacial surgery
  • Read our article Who Is that Fellow? for a full explaination of the role of the Fellow in your treatment, care and support. 

    Who is that Fellow?
    Who is a Fellow? Why do some doctors and surgeons have the title "Fellow"? What does all this mean for patients? In an otorhinolaryngology (ORL) war…
  • It is very important for patients to know and understand who is undertaking their surgery. Please ask questions, and keep asking until you get the information you need to make a good informed decision.

    • Quote:

      “Members of the public have the right to contact professional associations to ask what is required of their members, particularly in terms of qualifications, continuing professional development and code of practice. Members of the public can also contact a professional association to ask if a particular practitioner is a member of that association.”

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