Mr Lemma Bulto

Research Associate

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Bedford Park
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Lemma Bulto is an early career cardiovascular disease researcher. He completed his PhD study from the University of Adelaide and received the Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence and Doctoral Research Medal Award for his PhD research work.

He obtained a fully funded and competitive Beacon of Enlightenment PhD scholarship from the University of Adelaide in 2017. Lemma conducted his PhD project on cardiovascular risk factors management and related health literacy.

Before his PhD study, he has contributed to improving outpatient cardiovascular service in Ethiopia. He has also conducted studies to improve adherence to self-management for patients with chronic cardiovascular conditions. Lemma was a lecturer and researcher at Haramaya University, Ethiopia. He was head of Summer education program.

Currently, Lemma is a postdoctoral research associate at Flinders University, he is contributing to integrated care management of atrial fibrillation project which is a multi-centre randomised controlled trial study.


BSc, MSc, PhD

Honours, awards and grants

Telehealth Education And Counselling program to optimise secondary prevention of Heart disease for patients with cardiovascular disease living in Rural Australia (TEACH-RA study), SOLVE CHD collaboration grant, 2021, $49,019.50

Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence, the University of Adelaide, 2021

Doctoral Research Medal Award, The University of Adelaide, 2021

Walter and Dorothy Duncan Trust travel grant, the University of Adelaide, 2000$

The Adelaide University Graduates Union (AUGU) RC Heddle Award, 2500$

Beacon of Enlightenment PhD Scholarship, the University of Adelaide, 26, 682$ per annum for 3 and half years

Breast cancer Awareness, Screening Behavior and factors associated among Rural Women in Kersa woreda, Eastern Hararghe, Haramaya University 2,000$

Non-communicable diseases of children with particular focus of cardiovascular and mental health in eastern Ethiopia, Haramaya University, 3,000$

Common mental disorders in patients living with HIV, Haramaya University, 1800$

Key responsibilities

2021-Now- Postdoctoral Research Associate, Flinders University, Caring Futures Institute

2020-2021- Research Assistant, Flinders University

2019- Research Assistant (HEO 5), The University of Adelaide

2017-2021- PhD candidate, The University of Adelaide

2015-2016- Nursing Service Director, Hiwot Fana Specialised University Teaching Hospital

2009-2017- Lecturer and Researcher, Haramaya university, Ethiopia

Teaching interests

Chronic disease

Cardiovascular disease

Medical Surgical

Supervisory interests
Cardiovascular disease management
Digital health
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Tele-health and heart disease risk (1), Heart disease risk (1)