Michael Palmer

Nossal Institute for Global Health
Level 4, Alan Gilbert Building
Corner of Barry and Grattan Streets (161 Barry St)
The University of Melbourne
Carlton, Victoria, 3010
Tel:    +61 3 9035 8596
Fax:    +61 3 9347 6872
Email: michael.palmer@unimelb.edu.au


Dr Michael Palmer is an economist specialising in the field of health. His research has focused on the economics of disability and policies for risk mitigation in developing country settings. At the Nossal Institute, Michael is developing a program of research on social protection and disability. He is developing methods of evaluation to assess the effectiveness of government-funded social protection programs, both in terms of targeting and benefits. The research aims to contribute to the evidence base and provide lessons for countries that are mainstreaming disability into national social protection programs.
Michael obtained his PhD from the Australian National University in 2011. His main research work has been in Vietnam where he has lived and worked for four years, including positions at the University of Economics (Ho Chi Minh City) and the Hanoi School of Public Health. He has also worked as a revenue modeler and trainer at the Ministry of Finance in Suva, Fiji, for six months. 
Recent publications

Mainstreaming health insurance for people with disabilities. 2012. M. Palmer, T. M.T. Nguyen. Journal of Asian Economics, Vol. 23, pp.600-613. M. Palmer & T. M. T. Nguyen.
Social protection and disability. Oxford Development Studies. M. Palmer. (Accepted for publication 30 January 2012)

Models and measurement in disability: an international review. 2011. Health Policy and Planning. M. Palmer, D. Harley. Advanced Access published July 4,

Disability and poverty: a conceptual review. 2011. Journal of Disability Policy Studies, Vol.21, Issue 4, pp.210-18. M. Palmer.
Health care utilisation, cost burden and coping strategies by disability status: an analysis of the Vietnam National Health Survey. 2011. International Journal of Health Planning and Management, Vol.26, Issue 3, pp.e151-e168. M. Palmer, T. M. T. Nguyen, T. Neeman, H. Berry, T. Hull, D. Harley.

Disability measures as an indicator of poverty: a case study from Vietnam. 2010. Journal of International Development. M. Palmer, T. M. T. Nguyen, Q. N. T. Quach, D. S. Dang, H. V. Hoang, H. Berry. Article first published online 21 June.