Central Coast Local Health District has proudly claimed two awards at the inaugural
Australian Pride in Health + Wellbeing Awards.
The awards recognised a variety of role models, allies and organisations dedicated to
LGBTQ+ inclusion within the Australian health and wellbeing sector.
CCLHD Diversity and Inclusion Manager Erin Heine (they/them) won the Out Role
Model award, recognising their contribution to LGBTQ+ inclusion.
“The Out Role Model is something that really means a lot to me. I’m very proud of the
work that I have been doing and that the team has been doing to improve our
services to be more welcoming and inclusive to LGBTQ+ people,” said Erin.
“I would like to thank Central Coast Local Health District for ensuring there is a focus
on such important work,” they said.
CCLHD HIV & Related Programs Health Promotion Officer Jason van Ritten (he/him)
was the recipient of the LGBTQ+ Ally award for his contribution as someone who
does not identify as LGBTQ+ but has made a significant contribution to LGBTQ+
inclusion in the healthcare sector.
“I’m very honoured to be able to receive this award and recognition,” said Jason.
“I look forward to continuing to build on what we have achieved over the past few
years,” he said.
CCLHD Chief Executive Scott McLachlan said it is well deserved recognition for such
“It is wonderful to see Erin and Jason recognised for their achievements both in
ensuring we are an inclusive workforce and that we provide trusted, safe and
inclusive care for our patients and carers.
“Thank you both for your passion and commitment to implementing change within the
system that has allowed our LGBTQ+ community to feel safe and access inclusive
healthcare,” he said.