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In Adversity's Face: Kerry O'Brien in conversation with Dr Dinesh Palipana

The livestream video of 'In Adversity's Face' is now available. Griffith University was delighted to welcome Dr Dinesh Palipana as their guest for their event series, A Better Future for All, at HOTA, Home of the Arts, on the Gold Coast. Host Kerry O’Brien and Dinesh delved into the good doctor’s extraordinary life and work, in an evening of insightful, emotional, and candid conversation.

Queensland’s first quadriplegic medical intern and graduate, Dr Dinesh Palipana OAM is now a senior resident doctor at the Gold Coast University Hospital and Senior Lecturer in Griffith’s School of Medicine and Dentistry. A Griffith graduate and Queensland’s 2021 Australian of the Year, he is also a tireless advocate for people with disabilities. 


Dr Dinesh Palipana OAM: Doctor. Lawyer. Academic. Advocate. Queensland’s Australian of the Year. 

As an adjunct research fellow at Griffith’s Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Dinesh is co-lead researcher on the University’s BioSpine physical rehabilitation project. Using electronic muscle stimulation and a brain-connected computer interface, the groundbreaking project seeks to help restore motor function for patients with spinal cord injury to ultimately see them walk again. 

He is the co-founder of Doctors with Disabilities Australia (DWDA), which works with the Australian Medical Association to improve access to education and employment for medical professionals with disabilities.

Among it all, Dinesh has developed a growing reputation as a vocal advocate and activist. Alongside his work with DWDA, he has appeared at events such as TEDx, and was a witness to the Disability Royal Commission on equitable treatment for people with disabilities. He has also collaborated with Griffith to introduce two new scholarships and provide support for ongoing spinal cord research.

View the livestream

September 2021