DR Victoria Palmer

DR Victoria Palmer


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



  • Dr Palmer leads the Integrated Mental Health Research Program in the Department of General Practice at The University of Melbourne which focuses on systems reforms 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. Prior to joining the program in 2007, she worked across the disability, domestic violence and mental health sectors. Victoria completed her PhD in applied ethics with a focus on ethical communities and narrative analysis. She is nationally recognised for her expertise in participatory methods for health systems and service improvements, mixed method study designs, qualitative research methods and the application of ethical theories to problems of medical and social practice. She has generated over $11 M AU in category 1 competitive funding and been an investigator on over 15 grants to examine the organisation of depression care, ethics in general practice, using photo elicitation to understand depression, social prescriptions for depression and reading and writing for well-being. Victoria was the principal investigator of a world first 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 was appointed an honorary Applied Ethics Fellow of the Melbourne Network Society Institute in 2015 to examine the ethics of the 'networked living' research theme in particular the ethics of participatory health. Victoria is a member of the Department of Health and Human Services and The University of Melbourne Health Ethics Science Human Research Ethics Committees. She is a member of the Victorian Government's Innovation Reference Group and a member of the lived experience e   


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

  • Not in List, 2008
  • QUT Postgraduate Research Award, 2000



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I currently am principal or co-supervisor for five PhD students exploring young women and dating violence, the ethics of healthcare resource allocation, informational continuity for people living with severe mental illness, implementation of dementia risk prevention in general practice and values based primary care. I have had 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.