Samuel (Hāmiora) Carrington (Te Arawa, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao) is the Associate Dean Māori and a Lecturer at Te Kaupeka Pūniho Faculty of Dentistry, University of Otago. Samuel is a registered oral health therapist who has experience in the public and private dental sectors in Aotearoa. He is an Executive member of Te Ao Mārama (NZ Māori Dental Association) and an Executive member of the newly formed NZ Oral Health Association Te Ohu Pūniho Ora o Aotearoa. Samuel remains committed to Te Ao Mārama’s vision of hei oranga niho mo te iwi Māori, good oral health for Māori,
Te kaiakatanga ahurea ki te haumarutanga ahurea mo ngā kaihangarau tiaki niho I Aotearoa –
Cultural competency to cultural safety for dental technicians in New Zealand.
This presentation will discuss the following:
– Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the Treaty of Waitangi
o We will discuss the differences between the two documents signed in 1840, as well
as touch on He Whakaputunga 1835 to gain a broad understanding of Māori prior to
– Whakamaua – Māori Health Action Plan 2020-2025
o We will discuss the Ministry of Health’s Whakamaua document, including how
having more of an equity focus towards health is leading the current health reforms
of Health New Zealand and the Māori Health Authority
– Oral health inequities in Aotearoa today
o Updates on current oral health data facing people in Aotearoa today, what are we
doing right, and what can be done better?
– Cultural competency and cultural safety
o We will discuss the differences between competency and safety and discuss how
clinical and dental technologists can critically think about their own biases when
delivering health care to their patients.
– Equality vs Equity in oral health
o We will discuss the differences between equality and equity, and how equity can
lead to elimination of poor oral health outcomes in Aotearoa for all
– DCNZ Dental technicians’ competencies (including clinical dental technologists)
o We will look at what the new DCNZ competencies for dental technicians and clinical
dental technicians and understand 3a and 3b of the competencies.