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Dinesh Palipana's story

I’m Queensland’s first quadriplegic medical graduate. I was halfway through med school when I had the accident in 2010.

I had some really close friends from school and medical school who have been a constant for years before, then through the accident and recovery and now. There were family that were close beforehand who I haven’t even seen since; and there are new friends who have only known me since the accident who have played a huge part. It’s been a really interesting journey.

I don’t think of myself as someone with a disability at all and no one has made me feel like that. I just interact with people as a normal person. The people I’ve become friends with are from a broad cross section of the community.  

My perspective and desire and passion for being a doctor has not changed at all. Since the accident I have more energy and drive than ever before. Obviously there have been new challenges but they’ve not be insurmountable when people come together. I have the will and because of that the people around me seemed to make this work.

It’s been great. Everyone has been really supportive. I perform just as well as the other doctors. I think everyone including me have preconceived notions that it is going to be too hard but when you jump into it and troubleshoot it, you realise that anything is possible.