Hi Everyone,

One of our Auckland Branch members interviewed Eimeat Mithen from our Irish counterpart. Her is a very informative and interesting interview.
Thanks to Cynthia, a former Auckland Branch Chairperson, for taking the time to investigate and then share with us.
Cheers,
Lisa Clarke
Auckland Branch Chair
NZDHA
It was wonderful to interview Eimear Mithen from the Irish Dental Hygienist Association.  She is working full time as a Dental Hygienist and she is the Editor of the Irish Dental Hygienist journal and is the IDFH Representative and the EDHF European Dental  Hygienist Federation Representative. 

These are the questions I asked her  :-

CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE  ABOUT THE IRISH DENTAL HYGIENIST ASSOCIATION ?

There are approximately 400  Hygienists in Republic of Ireland. There are 250 members in the Irish Hygienists  Association.  The members pay 60 Euros (NZ$90) a year and students pay 15  Euros (NZ$ 22)   This entitles them to 2 Irish Dental  Hygienist   Journals and 1 Free Conference a year.  This also entitles them if  they need work  to be notified if it  becomes available which will be   texted to them  by the Association.  This is also a free service  to the employers .  There are 2 conferences a year .  One in  spring and one in Winter and around 100 Hygienists attend both  .

HOW LONG  IS THE DENTAL HYGIEINIST TRAINING THERE ?

It is a 2 year  Diploma in Dental Hygienie .  This Diploma  entitles the the  Hygieinists to work as Self Employed (25 to 50 percent of patient fee) or as an  Emplyee (30 to 50 Euro an hour /75 to 125 NZ$ per hour)  The Irish  Government is trying to make the Hygienists Employees and are trying to do  away with the Self Employed category

HOW MANY  PEOPLE ARE TRAINED PER YEAR?

There are 20  Hygieinists trained per year .  This takes part in 2 locations 8 people are  trained in Dublin Dental School and 12 in Cork Dental  School 

HAS THE CREDIT CRISIS  AFFECTED DENTAL HYGIENISTS?

The credit crisis has affected the  Dental Practice scene tremendously . Up until 2010 all Medical card holders  similar to  our NZ Community services card were entitled to 2 Free Dental  Check Ups and 2 Free 30 min Scale and  Polishes.(a one hour perio session  could be applied for if needed)  and Free Fillings, Extractions,  Crowns , Bridges and Dentures were available

  Since  2010 it is totally cut back to 1 Free Dental Check Up a year plus Free  Extractions,Dentures and some types of Fillings are  available  

  Working people up to 2010  with their PRSI similar to  our PAYE  were entittled to 1 Free Dental  Check Up and 30 minute Scale and Polish and got a contribution towards  restorations.

Since 2010 they only  get 1 Free Dental Check Up.

The number of Dental Hygienist  members dropped to 180 in 2011 but this year went back up again to  250

DO YOU HAVE CPD TO DO  EACH YEAR AS A REQUIREMENT FOR REGISTRATION ?

No CPD is needed at this  time   The Hygienist Association  would like to see it   coming into place to ensure standards are kept high and also it would help  keep the numbers high in the Association .  The British Assocition has CPD.

WHAT IS THE SET UP FOR  COMPLAINTS FOR THE IRISH PUBLIC?

If a member of the public has a  complaint it will go to the Dental Intermediary board for complaints .  The  Dental Council regulates laws and is in charge of Dental Registrations

CAN NEW ZEALAND  HYGIENISTS WORK IN IRELAND?

New Zealand Hygienists would  need to take and exam to work in Ireland.  If the New Zealand Hygienist has  been trained in UK this qualification would be  sufficient. 

DO YOU HAVE ANY MESSAGE  YOU WOULD LIKE TO PASS ON TO NEW ZEALAND  HYGIENISTS?

The Irish Dental Hygienist  Association would welcome all New Zealand Hygienists to attend their upcoming  conference this year which will be held in Limerick on Sat November 10th   It will cost 90 Euro which is  NZ$150approx . If interested please  contact Ms Jeannine Byrne   at  membership@idha.ie  If this is too  short notice the Irish Hygieinist Association would welcome our Hygienists to  join them for their Spring conference next year around March or April  2013   Please email  Jeannine for details at the beginning of  next year..