Dinesh Palipana OAM is a doctor, lawyer, disability advocate, and researcher. He has a spinal cord injury with quadriplegia affecting the use of his fingers, parts of the arms, and everything below the chest.
He became the first medical graduate with quadriplegia in Queensland, then the first graduate doctor with quadriplegia to begin work in the state. He was the second graduating doctor with quadriplegia to start working clinically in Australia.
Dinesh obtained a medical degree from the Griffith University. He obtained a law degree from the Queensland University of Technology. He has completed an advanced clerkship in radiology at the Harvard University where to their knowledge, he was the first visiting student with quadriplegia.
Dinesh was the 2021 Queensland Australian of the Year. He was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2019. He was the third Australian to receive a Henry Viscardi Achievement Award in New York, awarded in 2019.
Dinesh was born in Sri Lanka, then moved to Australia at the age of 10. He resides in Gold Coast, Australia. Dinesh works at the Gold Coast University Hospital and Griffith University. He is close to his mother, Chithrani. He enjoys motorcars, anything with an engine, music - mostly hip-hop from the 90s and 2000s, chocolate, and adventure.
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