The Combined Dental Agreement

Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora contracts with around 900 oral health providers throughout New Zealand to deliver free oral health education, preventive care and treatment to:

  • adolescents from the start of high school until the day they turn 18 years old who receive Oral Health Services to Adolescents (OHSA).
  • children referred by the Community Oral Health service who receive Special Dental Services (SDS).

Contractors agree to provide services under the OHSA, SDS or both. The CDA is fully reviewed every three years, was last reviewed in 2019, and was rolled over for another three years in 2022.

Health NZ works with the oral health sector to make annual Variations to the CDA on matters such as annual government funding increases.