The Victorian division of CSANZ have decided to increase the profile of their annual trainee research prize, and simultaneously recognise and pay tribute to, an outstanding Victorian cardiologist. The first cardiologist to be recognised in this way is Dr Graeme Sloman AO.

Dr Sloman was chosen for his contributions to the way cardiology and patient care is delivered in Australia, to this day. He set up the first Coronary Care Unit in 1964 at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and was instrumental in the evolution of the ambulance service to include the MICA (Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance) that benefits our patients today. This was recently celebrated by Ambulance Victoria on the 50 year anniversary of the Victorian MICA service (

A/Prof Dominica Zentner said, “We were fortunate to have both Graeme and his wife Bella join us for the announcement of the ” Graeme Sloman Cardiology Trainee Research Prize “  at the Victorian AGM meeting on Wednesday 27th October, held via Zoom”.

The inaugural Graeme Sloman AO Cardiology Trainee Research prize was awarded to Dr Anna Beale, who presented her work on “The gut microbiome of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction”.

Dr Graeme Sloman AO (CSANZ Life Member) is pictured here with A/Prof Dominica Zentner, Chair, Victorian Regional Committee