DR Victoria Palmer

DR Victoria Palmer


  • Applied Ethics (Mental Health, Bioethics, Health & Community Services, Narrative Studies)
  • Primary care mental health (Depression, recovery, severe mental illness, physical and mental health)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (Participatory action research, narrative methods, visual methods)



  • Dr Palmer is trained in applied ethics and is an expert is qualitative and mixed-method research design and analysis. She is the lead of the Integrated Mental Health Research Program in the Department of General Practice at The University of Melbourne. The IMHRP focuses on health system reform based on user-centred approaches, integration between primary care and other sectors, whole person approaches to mental health care, and the integration of innovative interventions into mental health care. Victoria is CIA of a NHMRC grant to reduce cardiovascular risk in people living with severe mental illness in the primary care setting--Assertive Care Trial (ACT) (2018-2022). Victoria was the principal investigator of the world first stepped wedge cluster randomised controlled trial of an experience-based co-design model called Mental Health Experience Co-Design (a participatory quality improvement method) for people living with severe mental illness in Victoria, Australia who accessed community mental health services (The CORE Study). She is internationally recognised for her expertise in participatory design methods for health systems and quality improvement with a focus on engaging hard to reach groups such as people living with severe mental illness, people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds and people with complex health problems. Victoria has generated over $12 M AU in category 1 competitive funding and been an investigator on over 15 grants. She is an honorary Applied Ethics Fellow of the Melbourne Network Society Institute in 2015 and leads a participatory design study to examine the ethics of health data use. Victoria served as a member of the Department of Health and Human Services, is a current member of The University of Melbourne Medicine and Dentistry Human Research Ethic Sub-Committee and has served as a member of the NHMRC grant review panel (2015-2018 triennium). She is a member of the Victorian Government's Innovation Reference Group and a memb   


Member of

  • Australian Association for Academic Primary Care. Organisational Member 2008 -
  • International Association for Qualitative Research. Organisational Member 2006 -
  • St James Ethics Centre. Organisational Member 2004 -


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • A national and international review of best practice approaches to supporting people with intellectual disabilities and ongoing and complex support needs, Victoria Palmer, Disability Services Queensland 2006/2007. A research partnership to review international literature on specialist therapy support, strengths-based approaches, person centred and individual planning, service provision and case management models, cultural sensitivity and intellectual disability.

    Deafness and mental health project, Victoria Palmer, Queensland Deaf Society 2003/2004. A project to design and develop a web resource to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate information on mental health to deaf and hearing impaired communities.



Education and training

  • PhD, Queensland University of Technology 2007
  • BA (Hons), Queensland University of Technology 1996

Awards and honors

  • Most Distinguished Paper Award 2018, Australasian Association for Academic Primary Care, 2018
  • Not in List, 2008
  • QUT Postgraduate Research Award, 2000



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Currently principal or co-supervisor for five PhD students across: models of care in adolescent inpatient units, young women and dating violence, the ethics of healthcare resource allocation, information continuity for people living with severe mental illness, implementation of dementia risk prevention in general practice and values-based primary care and physician burnout. I have supervised two PhD completions in photo-interviewing to understanding young migrant distress and relational ethics in advance care planning. I have supervised 4 honours theses (social inequities, screening for prostate cancer, self-harm and depression, genetic medicine in general practice) and 1 masters research topic and 2 Medical Degree Research Projects.