A puddle of water on a highway changed Dinesh Palipana's life forever. Halfway through medical school, Dinesh was involved in a catastrophic car accident that caused a cervical spinal cord injury. After his accident, his strength and determination saw his return to complete medical school - now with quadriplegia. Dinesh was the first quadriplegic medical intern in Queensland, and the second person with quadriplegia to graduate medical school in Australia.
Despite all of the pain and hardship he's faced, Dinesh now sees his accident as a turning point for the better in his life. He believes it made him a better doctor, with a better grasp of the concerns and fears of his patients, and a more sensitive, open humna. He fights for equal and equitable rights access for disabled people, and is a compassionate and skilled doctor working in one of Australia's busiest hospitals.
After everything he's been through, Dinesh believes he is now happier, stronger and more capable than he was before the accident. It helped him to clarify what is important in his life, and taught him that happiness and strength can always be found within.
DInesh Palipana is an incredible leader who has challenged the limits of mindset and belief. His contribution to Australia will be felt for generations -- Kurt Feanley
DInesh's spirit of positivity and his love for life are astonishing. Thoughtful, powerful and moving, 'Stronger' is an example of resilience. -- Dr Richard Harris