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Dr Francis Roger Nii Lanteye Acquah

Mental Health Nurse, Vic

In December 2017, Francis was

awarded Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) Honoris Causa by the Commonwealth University. Francis is a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse and the Executive Director of Positive Wellness Recovery Centre (PWRC) and the President of the Mental Health and Well-being Foundation based in Ghana and Australia.

Francis has over 30 years’ experience as a Mental Health Nurse across public and private health care settings. PWRC provides comprehensive, integrated and holistic mental health support, counselling, psychosocial rehabilitation, music and dance therapy, hypnosis for healing, nutritional bites and reintegration into society.


Francis is passionate about supporting the mental health needs of the Australian-African, migrant and CALD communities through support, guidance and awareness. Francis has a proven background of consistently achieving exceptional mental health outcomes as an advocate for minority groups.


Francis has presented at national and international Conferences including Australia, the United Kingdom, Finland, Canada, Singapore, Ghana, Senegal, Malaysia and Dubai.

As well as being a Fellow of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses, Francis has won multiple awards including; Living Legend Award 2013 from African Australian National Awards; Meritorious Service Award Excellence in 2013; African Media Community Leader Award 2014; Australia Day Award in 2015. Francis was recognised by his peers and awarded the Australian Mental Health Nurse Achievement Award in 2015. In 2018, he received Friend of Zimbabwe Award Australia and the Afroshine Awards Community Leadership Award.

Francis is a Global Goodwill Ambassador – Humanitarian, and he is also a Paul Harris Rotarian.


The Mental Health Professionals’ Network (MHPN) respectfully acknowledges the Wurundjeri and the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin nation, the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land on which our office is situated. We also acknowledge Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.