Membership information +64 9 579 8001
Dentolegal advice +64 9 579 8001

Join Dental Protection and get more than just the peace of mind that comes with having world-class protection. We have supported and protected members in New Zealand for over 45 years. With over 125 years of expertise worldwide, we're here for you today, tomorrow and into the future.

Expert dental discretionary indemnity and representation

Our protection provides you with intelligent risk management, high quality legal defence and an influential voice for your profession, giving you the freedom to practise with confidence.

We’re here for you through any professional challenges you may face, from patient complaints to regulatory issues and disciplinary proceedings.

Our expert team understands the challenges of clinical practice, with dentist-to-dentist support and advice. You can contact us in an emergency 24/7.

Membership with Dental Protection also helps you expand your skills, enabling you to tackle common causes of complaints and claims with access to our risk management resources.

Whatever stage you’re at in your career, we can provide the right support for you.

Benefits of membership

Advice and legal representation

You can request advice and legal representation for disciplinary and regulatory proceedings (e.g. DCNZ), HDC inquiries and criminal investigations related to your professional practice.

Complaints support

Help responding to and resolving patient complaints

Dentolegal advice

Dentolegal advice line including out of hours emergency support 24/7

Expert legal team

Access to a dedicated expert legal team which includes dentolegal consultants and lawyers

Professional development workshops and online courses

CPD available through workshops and online seminars to develop your communication and risk management skills

Risk management resources

Access to online publications and case reports

Confidential counselling service

Access to our confidential counselling service to support you through a stressful situation you may be experiencing

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Help with unwanted media attention

Expert support including preparing statements and responding to the media on your behalf

Clinical negligence

You can request indemnity for clinical negligence claims (although rare in New Zealand due to ACC) and Good Samaritan acts worldwide

To apply to become a Dental Protection member we recommend that you also become a member of the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) who are our local partner and administrator for Dental Protection in New Zealand. Please follow the below link to join NZDA you will then be directed to the Dental Protection online application.


Already an NZDA member? Then please contact NZDA who will be able to assist you further, their contact details are:

Tel: 09 579 8001

Email: [email protected]