Dental/Oral Health Therapist - Experienced and New Graduates

Our Purpose: What We’re Here For

When you work with the Canterbury District Health Board, you’re part of something very special. We’re world leaders in the delivery of integrated health care, and we’re always striving to Make It Better. From the carers on the front line working directly with patients and communities, to our talented support teams who enable that care, we plan, fund and deliver health services to the almost 600,000 New Zealanders that live in the Canterbury region. And we’re all about putting people at the heart of everything we do.

Our Culture: What Matters To Us

Ko Te Whatu Manawa Tangata

Putting people at the heart of all we do 

For us to continue to putting our communities at the centre of our health system, we’re putting our own people at the centre of everything we do.  Because health is ultimately all about people.  What’s important around here is the way we care for and respect others, the responsibility that all our people take for delivering outcomes, and that we go about our work with integrity in all we do. 

What matters to us is doing the right thing, valuing everyone, and being and staying well ourselves so we can care for our community.

The Role: What This Opportunity’s All About

The Canterbury DHB’s Community Dental Service provides dental services to nearly 90,000 children aged 0-13 in Canterbury and South Canterbury and supports our colleagues on the West Coast. There are 110 front-line clinical staff who work with modern equipment in 22 mobile dental units and 13 dental clinics.

You will be working in community and school settings, with children and their families/whānau, you’ll have the opportunity to work with diverse patient groups and manage 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. 


  • Supported by a new clinical leadership team we will provide a supported orientation package
  • We will help you to develop a personal professional development program and career pathway that improves your job satisfaction and improves outcomes for patients
  • A quality-driven environment.
  • A supported and mentored entry to practice program for new grads
  • “Something for You”— an employee benefits programme available to all staff of the CDHB. CDHB staff are entitled to preferential rates at a wide selection of partners either on a permanent basis or at exclusive events throughout the year. For both the things you need and the things you just want, as a CDHB employee you will be sure to enjoy being able to choose a little something for you.

What You Will Bring to the Role

The Community Dental service is looking for NZ registered Dental/Oral Health Therapists and final year students to join our teams covering Canterbury and South Canterbury. You should hold a full NZ Driver’s license or be able to provide evidence that you are working towards this and have the ability to work in New Zealand.  

We have full time and part time positions available either located in Christchurch City, Timaru or Lincoln. Please let us know in your cover letter which positions you would be interested in.

Belonging Here: Becoming Part Of Our Story

Our people enjoy access to a fantastic benefits scheme, flexible working arrangements and a genuine and ongoing focus on career development.

We hope you’ll seriously consider joining us, but if this isn’t a good fit for you, please share the opportunity with your personal networks and help us find our next rock star! 

If this particular role isn’t for you we do have other similar opportunities please look on careers page or give us a call to discuss.

Apply online, or to find out more information, please contact Hayley Buick


Phone: (03) 3377961

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


Permanent/Full Time, Permanent/Part Time

Job no: 233656

Location: Lincoln, Timaru, Ashburton, Christchurch

Closing Date: Apply Now!