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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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..