Dental Assistant – Hospital Dental Service

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    2 weeks ago
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  • Job Type: Fixed Term Contract
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  • Location: Canterbury
  • Date Advertised: 22-SEP-20
  • Job Reference: NZ/PC0941934A
  • Job Title: Dental Assistant – Hospital Dental Service
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  • Summary:
  • Fixed-term opportunity covering parental leave based at Christchurch Outpatients
  • Grow your career working within an experienced team of clinicians who provide quality oral healthcare to our community!
  • Bring your passion for people and your experience in dental assisting to this varied and challenging opportunity

Our Purpose: Why we do it

When you work with the Canterbury District Health Board, you’re part of something very special. We plan, fund and deliver health services to the almost 600,000 people that live in the Canterbury region. Our primary goal is to put people at the heart of everything we do.

The Team: What we do

The Hospital Dental Service, located within Christchurch Outpatients, provides specialist dental care across dental services including Special Care Dentistry, Paedodontics, Prosthodontics, Orthodontics and Oral Medicine.

Dental Assistants provide support for a large team of clinicians, including dental specialists, dental officers, house officers and clinical dental technicians. We provide quality services that are integral to ensuring the health and wellbeing of our community. We’re looking for a passionate and enthusiastic Dental Assistant to join our team on a fixed-term basis covering parental leave until approximately September 2021! This opportunity will see you working 0.9FTE/36hr per week across Monday to Friday. You’ll assist in the provision of general dental care for adults and children, some of whom have complex medical conditions or special needs. This may include assisting with patients who are receiving dental care under general anaesthetic and/or IV sedation. Previous experience as a Dental Assistant is essential, and NZDA certificate is highly desirable.

This opportunity will require you to work across a number of specialty areas, so flexibility and enthusiasm to work in different environments is essential to your success.

The Role: Where you fit in

In this role, you will be responsible for the following:

  • Proving chairside assistance to the Dentist or other clinical staff
  • Managing administrative tasks and scheduling of appointments
  • Checking, preparing and monitoring of all clinical equipment/materials
  • Participating in rostered duties for dental assistants

Your skills will include the following:

  • NZDA Certificate in Dental Surgery Assisting (or equivalent) is advantageous but not essential
  • Previous experience in a similar role, as well as understanding of dental/oral procedures and terminology is essential to be considered for this opportunity
  • Hospital experience is advantageous, but we would also like to hear from those who have a strong background in general dental treatment
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively within a team as well as develop valued relationships with our varied consumer base

Our Culture: What matters to us

Ko ngā tāngata, te mātua mahi
Putting people at the heart of all we do

Health is ultimately all about people. What’s important around here is the way we care for and respect others, the responsibility taken for delivering outcomes, and going about our work with integrity.

Belonging Here: Becoming part of our story

Being part of the Canterbury District Health Board, you will enjoy a fantastic benefits scheme, the opportunity for flexible working arrangements and ongoing focus on your career development.

The Canterbury DHB believes that diversity and inclusion is key to ensure we deliver the best care for our diverse population. The Canterbury DHB is an inclusive and equal opportunity employer that welcomes and respects everyone.

If this role has sparked your interest but does not match your skills then please visit our careers website and have a look at our roles that better suit your expertise.

If you are interested in this role please apply directly on our career site. Please note only applications submitted via our career site will be accepted. Candidates will be progressed as they apply, so if this sounds like you – apply now!

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