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Dr Francis Roger Acquah

Francis Roger Nii Lanteye Acquah In December 2017 was awarded Doctor of Science (D.Sc) Honoris Causa by the Commonwealth University. Francis is a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse and the Clinical Director of Positive Mental Health Program (PMHP) and the President of the Mental Health and Well-being Foundation.

Francis has over 30 years experience as a Psychiatric Nurse across public and private health care settings. PMHP provides mental health support, counselling, psychosocial rehabilitation and reintegration into society. Current practice includes working with in the Youth Justice Service and the Forensic System in Melbourne, Australia. He is a Mental Health First Aid instructor and has used his experiences to educate the community about mental health and reduction of stigma.

Francis is a Community Trainer and was involved in the delivery of “Stepping out of the Shadows”: Reducing Stigma in Multicultural Communities.  Francis has presented at National and International Conferences including Australia, UK, Finland, Canada, Singapore, Ghana and Dubai, UAE. Francis is a Multi award winner – Living legend Award 2013 from Celebration of African Australian National Awards 2013; Meritorious Service Award Excellence in Multicultural Affairs 2013; African Media Community Leader Award 2014; Australia Day Award and in 2015, Francis was recognised by his peers and was awarded the AUSTRALIA Mental Health Nurse Achievement Award 2015. Francis is a Fellow of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses awarded by the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses.

Francis is past Assistant Governor in Rotary International District 9790 and two-term President of the Rotary Club of Greensborough and the Inaugural Chairman of the Nelson Mandela Commemorative Committee Melbourne Inc.  

My passion is supporting the needs of the Australian-African, migrant and CALD communities in terms of mental health support, guidance and awareness, and I have a proven background of consistently achieving exceptional mental health outcomes as an advocate for minority groups.