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dc.contributor.advisorMoffat, Susan
dc.contributor.advisorMeldrum, Alison
dc.contributor.authorChoi, Yunsun Jane
dc.date.available2021-10-17T21:01:17Z
dc.date.copyright2021-08-21
dc.identifier.citationChoi, Y. J. (2021, August 21). The work experiences of a cohort of New Zealand oral health therapists (Dissertation, Master of Oral Health). Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/12338en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/12338
dc.description.abstractAlthough only working in New Zealand communities since 2008, oral health therapists are a growing workforce and have a wider scope of practice than dental therapists or dental hygienists. This qualitative study explores the work experiences of the first Oral Health graduates (class of 2009) from the University of Otago, who were initially registered as dental therapists and dental hygienists with the Dental Council of New Zealand but are now registered as oral health therapists (since 2017). Six graduates from the class of 2009 participated in one-to-one interviews. The findings identified that their individual work experience varied depending on their career pathway, employment environment, work and lifestyle balance, and overall goals. Participants expressed a high level of satisfaction with their current jobs and with the Bachelor of Oral Health programme. Their employment environment has improved over time and participants have been able to achieve a good balance between work and lifestyle according to their personal preferences and circumstances. However, some lack of understanding of the oral health therapist’s role and utilisation within private dental practice still exists. A limited number of participants, such as in this study, does not represent the perspectives of all oral health therapists in New Zealand; therefore, a further study involving New Zealand oral health therapists from all graduate cohorts from both the University of Otago and Auckland University of Technology is recommended.en_NZ
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dc.language.isoenen_NZ
dc.subjectOral health therapisten_NZ
dc.subjectNew Zealanden_NZ
dc.subjectCareer pathwayen_NZ
dc.subjectCareer satisfactionen_NZ
dc.subjectWork experienceen_NZ
dc.subjectWorkforceen_NZ
dc.subjectOral health therapyen_NZ
dc.subjectEmployment environmenten_NZ
dc.titleThe work experiences of a cohort of New Zealand oral health therapistsen_NZ
dc.typeDissertation
dc.date.updated2021-10-17T20:22:57Z
thesis.degree.disciplineOral Sciences, Faculty of Dentistryen_NZ
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Oral Healthen_NZ
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelMasters Dissertation
otago.openaccessOpenen_NZ
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