Dr Francis Agnew MNZM, FRANZCP, FAChAM

Cook Islands

“Is important we have a Pacific workforce to take up the challenge in the future. There are lots of brilliant young thinkers, innovators and leaders in our communities…”

Dr Francis Agnew is a pioneer in the development of Pacific mental health services in New Zealand and the wider Pacific region. In 2010, he was awarded a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the Pacific community in Mental health. Francis has been involved in delivering mental health services in the Cook Islands and Samoa and is recognised as an expert in this area.

He has provided leadership in the development of Pacific mental health and addiction services in New Zealand and has served on many Government reviews, committees and task forces. He has a distinguished record of providing voluntary services to the community and actively mentors evolving Pacific clinicians in his area of speciality.

Francis is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and a Fellow of the Chapter of Addiction Medicine. He has served as the zonal representative (Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific) for the World Psychiatric Association. Dr Agnew is a Director for Pasifika Medical Association Group.