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 made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the Pacific Island community in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Francis is a New Zealand born Cook Islands psychiatrist and specialist in mental health and addiction issues. He has provided leadership in the development of Pacific mental health services in the wider Auckland region, and has served on many government and agency reviews, committees and task forces.
Francis has been very involved in delivering mental health services in the Cook Islands and Samoa.
He has been a major voluntary contributor to community activities and the work of the Pasifika Medical Association (PMA). In 2008 he was honoured by the PMA with a Service Award in recognition of his major contribution to Pacific health services in New Zealand and the region.
He is Clinical Director of the Takanga A Fohe Pacific Mental Health Service at the Waitemata DHB.