Dr Norma Bulamu

Senior Research Fellow

College of Medicine and Public Health

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

Dr Norma B. Bulamu is a senior research fellow in Health Economics whose research interests are in measuring and valuing health and patient-reported outcomes, patient and consumer preferences for health and economic evaluations in health care.

Dr Bulamu is a recipient of the Cancer Council Beat Cancer's Early Career Research Fellowship to investigate optimal pathways for the prevention of bowel cancer.

Dr Bulamu has received over A$4M in project funding both as a lead investigator and co-investigator

Dr Bulamu has published in peer-reviewed high-impact journals and is a member of the International Health Economics Association and the Australian Health Economics Society.


PhD, Health Economics

Master of Public Health

BSc Pharmacy

Honours, awards and grants


NHMRC Partnership grant "safe@home: effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of telemonitoring and virtual care supported by primary care for people living with chronic disease in low socioeconomic neighbourhoods for reducing ambulance ramping, readmission and GP clinic block" Value: A$1,446,999; Role: CIJ; Duration: 2023-2027

Cancer Council Beat Cancer - Early Career Researcher Fellowship "Closing the window: Personalised risk-based surveillance for cost-effective colorectal cancer prevention". Value A$239,867; Role: Fellow; Duration: 2023-2026 

Hospital Research Foundation "Finding bowel cancer earlier with non-invasive biomarkers" Value: A$250,000; Role: CID; Duration: 2023-2025

Flinders Foundation "Should we continue or stop surveillance for colorectal cancer in older persons aged over 75 years?" Value: A$24,636; Role: CIC; Duration: 2023-2024

Freemasons Centre for Male Health & Wellbeing and Flinders Foundation "Improving uptake of prostate cancer screening in men from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds" Value: A$34,979; Role: CIA; Duration: 2022-2023

Freemasons Centre for Male Health & Wellbeing and Flinders Foundation "Quality of life assessment in routine care for prostate cancer" Value: A$96,221; Role: CIA; Duration: 2021-2023

Medical Research Future Fund, Australia "A liquid biopsy DNA methylation blood test for personalised treatment of patients with gastrointestinal cancers" Value A$1,980,810; Role: AI; Duration: 2021-2025 


2023 Flinders University Vice-Chancellor Early Career Researcher award

2023 Clinical Excellence award at the Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association ACRA ASM, 31st July - 2nd August 2023

2023 3rd Best Poster award at the South Australia Cardiovascular Showcase, 17th November 2023

Key responsibilities

Undertake specialist health economics research aligned with the funded research projects

Postgraduate research student supervision (PhD, MSc and Honours students)

Supervisory interests
Health economics
Patient reported outcomes measures
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Cardiovascular nursing (1), Cancer Health Economics (1)