It is now over 2 years since Christchurch entered it’s time of earthquakes.
The February 22 killer quake caused the most disruption to a significant number of individual dental practices. (Those members and many other branch members suffered personal property loss and damage in the earthquakes too!)
The immediate response by the local dental community was to use this website to help people with emergency dental needs find care. Soon unaffected local dentists were offering spare surgery time to dislocated dentists to help them maintain their businesses, until they could resettle into new rooms.
Then the New Zealand dental community pitched in with regional branches donating funds to aid the local dentists. These contributions where managed by the NZDA HQ through the Benevolent Trust.
The dental supply houses all offered contributions of supplies and equipment.
The dental insurance companies have done better than most.
Even visiting speaker Professor Ray Bertolotti donated all the proceeds from his Continuing Professional Development day lecture to the local branch.
The generosity of the dental community to affected members has been impressive, and the branch is moved, and most grateful.
Most dislocated dental practices are now in new premises, either sharing with new partnerships, or in newly refurbished rooms at new locations, and we are all settling down to the new normal. This website will endeavour to keep you updated about these changes. If you have a query, please contact us through this website.