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Our Values

At Abano Healthcare, we put our people and patients first. Our values are the guiding principles by which we operate every day. They help keep us on track to achieving our goals and make the journey more enjoyable

We Take the Time to Care

Dentistry is about caring for people. When we walk in our patients’ shoes, it helps us understand their needs and offer better support. The same applies to our colleagues. We know that working in a caring profession means we take the extra time required to look after each other

How we do this

  • Get to know our team and our patients, so we can pinpoint the care they need
  • Show empathy and understanding at all times
  • Clear barriers for people on their journey to success
  • Display kindness and concern for others

We Respect Each Other

Respect is the glue that holds our relationships and workplaces together. Our patients and our colleagues thrive when we respect who they are, what they need and how they like to be treated.

How we do this

  • Understand and get to know each other
  • Believe everyone has a part to play in delivering great dental care
  • Encourage a diverse range of voices and perspectives in our team
  • Accept other people and value them for who they are

We Play as a Team

Working together with kindness and collaboration gets us moving faster towards our goals. It allows us all to employ our strengths, use our experience, make good decisions and create quality outcomes. Plus it makes our working day more enjoyable.

How we do this

  • Communicate better by being open and honest with each other, and listen to others’ points of view
  • Co-operate with each other, sometimes sacrificing our needs for the greater good
  • Show that we value every different role in our team, no matter how big or how small
  • Welcome new challenges and embrace change

We Only Bring Our Best

We strive for excellence in everything we do. By going the extra mile, we aim to do things better every day. It also helps us stay ahead of the game. And when we deliver a brilliant patient experience, we earn their loyalty and grow our reputation.

How we do this

  • Work above and beyond the call of duty
  • Grow and share our knowledge and ideas
  • Always strive to improve
  • Prepare in advance so we can exceed expectations

Stories About Our People

Community | 13 April, 2022

Oral Health Tips for a Healthy Easter

Snacking on any high-sugar foods, such as chocolate, can lead to tooth decay. But the good news this Easter is that it’s not necessarily about what you’re eating, but when you’re eating it.

Community | 06 April, 2022

April is Oral Cancer Awareness month: What you need to know about Oral Cancer

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month! Abano Healthcare is here to remind everyone that examinations by your oral health professional remain the best method to detect oral cancer in its early stages.

Community | 21 March, 2022

Abano Healthcare Group adds 22 New Zealand dental practices to network

Abano Healthcare Group welcomed 22 dental practices to its New Zealand network after completing the purchase of Dental Corporation (NZ) from Bupa. These practices add to the 100+ New Zealand practices currently operating under the Lumino the Dentists.

Dentistry | 18 March, 2022

Why you need to think beyond the aesthetics of your mouth this #WOHD22

March 20 is World Oral Health Day, and it’s a great opportunity to reassess your oral health routine, particularly if it has been a while since your last dental appointment.

Our People | 09 September, 2021

More to the Mouth Than Meets the Eye

Lead dentist at Dentistry on Merivale, Dave Walsh, is one of just a handful of holistic dentists in New Zealand. While he has been practicing this way for decades, he says it’s only more recently that many others in the profession have truly started down this track.

Community | 24 August, 2021

Abano Healthcare to Acquire 1300Smiles

1300Smiles has today entered into a Scheme Implementation Agreement with Adams Aus Bidco Pty Limited (Abano Bidco), a member of the Abano Healthcare Group (Abano Healthcare) under which Abano Bidco has agreed to acquire up to 84% of 1300Smiles by way of a Scheme of Arrangement

Our People | 22 July, 2021

Dr Paul Narracott: The Olympian Among Us

Patients at Wanniassa Dental Surgery are often surprised to find out that their dentist was once considered one of Australia’s greatest 100-meter sprinters.

Community | 28 June, 2021

Soaring Demand Sparks Expansion in Christchurch

Starting a practice from scratch, in an area that was still deathly quiet post-earthquakes was a bit of a punt – but five years down the track it’s one that has certainly paid off.

Our People | 28 June, 2021

A Hygienist at Heart

A visit to the school dental nurse as a child was a life-changing experience for Jess Barron. Now an oral health therapist at Harris Dental Christchurch, her childhood fear of the dental chair was transformed under the care and compassion of an industry newcomer, who not only calmed her nerves but inspired Jess to follow in her footsteps.

Our People | 27 April, 2021

An ANZAC Story with Shannon Byzdra

Cotton Tree Implant Dentistry & Perio Care's Shannon Byzdra started her dental career in the Royal Australian Navy.  Ahead of ANZAC Day 2021 we sat down with Shannon to talk about her service and to gain her thoughts on the importance of Anzac Day and remembering.