Oral Health department

The Oral Health department is part of health sciences at AUT. Our academic staff are expert professionals from different oral health groups including dental surgery assistants, therapists, hygienists, dentists and dental specialists.

We provide an innovative oral health degree that is comprehensive in both education and hands-on experience. Students work alongside qualified oral health professionals in AUT's oral health clinic and gain extensive clinical experience in a wide range of external settings.

Research in health sciences

We believe in high-quality research that has impact, and have world-class researchers and research strengths across health sciences.

More about our research

Get hands-on experience in our oral health clinic

Students work with close supervision at Niho Ora ki Manukau (Oral Health Manukau), our oral health clinic which is open to the public.

Clinic website

Contact us

Debra Spinetto 
Programme Information Advisor
Phone: +64 9 921 9735


View department staff

Key academic contact

Tanya Cleland

Programme Leader

Phone +64 9 921 9999 ext 6878


The oral health team
Professor Zac Morse
Assisted dying
Dr Brenda Flood
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The oral health team
New community-centred oral health clinic
27 Mar, 2024
Students and staff gathered at the AUT South Campus for a blessing ceremony for a new oral health clinic for the community in South Auckland.
Professor Zac Morse
Five questions with Professor Zac Morse
31 May, 2021
We asked Professor Zac Morse five questions about his research ahead of his Inaugural Professorial Address.
Assisted dying
Assisted dying referendum
21 Jul, 2020
NZ’s law lacks necessary detail to make a fully informed decision, says Dr Rhona Winnington.
Dr Brenda Flood
Student collab enhances patient care
19 Jul, 2019
AUT Integrated Health (AIH) provides primary healthcare, specialised services and programmes for the community.
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Inequality in access to life-saving AEDs
21 May, 2019
A study by AUT and St John highlights a worrying discrepancy in the placement of life-saving AEDs (automated external defibrillators) in New Zealand.