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Key Points for Dr Dinesh Palipana OAM

  • Dr Dinesh Palipana is a doctor, lawyer, disability advocate, and researcher.
  • Dr Palipana was the first quadriplegic medical intern in Queensland and the second person to graduate medical school with quadriplegia in Australia.
  • He was involved in a motor vehicle accident halfway through medical school, which resulted in a cervical spinal cord injury.
  • As a result of his injury and experiences, Dinesh has been a strong advocate for inclusion. He is a founding member of Doctors with Disabilities Australia.
  • Dinesh works in the emergency department at the Gold Coast University Hospital; is a senior lecturer at the Griffith University and adjunct research fellow at the Menzies Health Institute of Queensland; a research fellow at the Jamieson Trauma Institute; a researcher in spinal cord injury; and a doctor for the Gold Coast Titans physical disability rugby team.
  • In 2023, Dinesh became a John Monash Scholar.
  • Dinesh joined the advisory board of healthylife in 2023.
  • Dinesh is a senior advisor to the Disability Royal Commission and an ambassador to the Human Rights Commission’s Includeability program. He was a 2021 International Day of People with Disability ambassador.
  • He was the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service’s Junior Doctor of the Year in 2018 and was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2019. He was the third Australian to be awarded a Henry Viscardi Achievement Award and the 2021 Griffith University Young Alumnus of the Year.
  • Dr Dinesh Palipana is the 2021 Queensland Australian of the Year.

Topics for Dr Dinesh Palipana OAM

  • Hardship
  • Persistence
  • Human rights
  • Disability
  • Medicine
  • Law
  • Scientific research
  • Innovation
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Resilience
  • Happiness
  • Wellness

Testimonials for Dr Dinesh Palipana OAM

Dr Palipana was extremely generous in how he shared his personal story. I had many people speak to me after the event to express their gratitude for bringing him to Maddocks to help launch our first disability inclusion network.

Dr. Dinesh was a very engaging speaker. His presentation was at times light-hearted, funny and witty, and at other times serious, sad and sometimes even dark. He took us through his life story - from Sri Lanka, to Sydney, Byron Bay and finally Brisbane - pre and post his accident. His presentation spoke to so many human challenges and, at the end, he invited us all to support each other as 'humans' and to not limit each other's potential. A quote that really stuck out was at the end, when he said: "We are (more) connected than we are separated … But the only thing necessary for us to descend into something bad, for us to become separated, is to do nothing when we see bad things happening. The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing.” Our staff described it as the "best" and "the most inspiring" presentation they had ever seen. 
Gilchrist Connell

Dinesh is a wonderful human being and a terrific keynote speaker. He heard what we asked for and delivered in spades. His talk was warm, funny, engaging, inspiring, motivating and very helpful. Dinesh is extremely approachable and accommodating. He arrived well before the event (so no panic is the keynote going to be late) was happy to be photographed and chatted to participants afterwards. If there were more stars l would give them.
University of Wollongong

Excellent speaker with an exceptional ability to answer questions succinctly, but with an impactful amount of detail.
Australian Government Leadership Network (AGLN-Q) not for profit)  

Dinesh Palipana connected with both audiences and adapted his talk to be made appropriate for each.
Boost Juice