- Dr Palmer is trained in applied ethics and qualitative research. She is the Deputy Lead of the mental health research program in the Department of General Practice at The University of Melbourne. She has worked across the disability, domestic violence and mental health sectors for over ten years. Since joining the Department in 2007, she has generated over $11.0M 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. Victoria was the principal investigator of a world first trial of experience based co-design method in the community mental health setting for people living with severe mental illness in the Victoria, Australia using a stepped wedge cluster randomised design. 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 addition to research to identify innovative ways for consumers to be involved in mental health service re-design, Victoria's research also examines the ethical issues brought about by participatory health with current work focused on exploring the health benefits of reading and writing for well-being. 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 for the implementation of the Victorian Ten Year Mental Health Plan. She was recently awarded a 5 year NHMRC grant to reduce cardiovascular risk in people living with severe mental illness.