The Neil Sachse for Spinal Cord Injury Research is delighted to announce Queenslander of the Year Dr Dinesh Palipana OAM will share his story with us on July 1, 2021 in the SAHMRI Auditorium.
Dinesh was the first quadriplegic medical intern in Queensland, and the second person to graduate medical school with quadriplegia in Australia. Dinesh is a doctor, lawyer, disability advocate, and researcher.
Halfway through medical school, he was involved in a catastrophic motor vehicle accident that caused a cervical spinal cord injury. Dinesh has completed an Advanced Clerkship in Radiology at the Harvard University.
As a result of his injury and experiences, Dinesh has been an advocate for inclusivity. He is a founding member of Doctors with Disabilities Australia.
Dinesh works in the emergency department at the Gold Coast University Hospital. He is a senior lecturer at the Griffith University and adjunct research fellow at the Menzies Health Institute of Queensland. He has research interests in spinal cord injury. He is a doctor for the Gold Coast Titans physical disability rugby team.
Dinesh was the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service’s Junior Doctor of the Year in 2018. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2019. He was the third Australian to be awarded a Henry Viscardi Achievement Award. Dinesh was the Queensland Australian of the Year for 2021.
All guests will need to register prior to the event. Attendance is free of charge, however Bookings are essential.
Please share this announcement with your networks, on social media, to your community and friends. Seating can be adjusted to accommodate those with specific seating requirements. Access to the building is from the forecourt of SAHMRI.
This is a wonderful opportunity to champion diversity and inclusion in our community. The Neil Sachse Centre looks forward to welcoming the South Australian community to this event.
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