Dinesh Palipana


I'm a junior house officer at the Gold Coast University Hospital.

I love my job.

I don't really think of it as a job, actually.

I just come to the hospital and do something fun.

I think there are some challenges.

I work things through enough to make work natural.

But it's more little annoyances, like reaching a high shelf or trying to grab something that I can't.

My co-workers have been really amazing.

If I have a difficulty doing a procedure or something that I can't do manually, I just ask a colleague, and they've almost been uniformly happy to help.

So, I pretty much exchange coffee and chocolate for rectal exams these days, which works out well.

I had an introduction to Job Access from my employment provider.

I needed a set of electric wheels to get around the hospital.

Having a big electric wheelchair's not really ideal.

So I reached out to Job Access and explored the options, and they were happy to help me out.

Having a wheelchair that's, sort of, able to get into tight spaces, manoeuvrable, was important.

The process is actually really easy. So, Job Access did a lot of the groundwork.

They asked me what I needed.

They had a bit of a walk around with me, explored different things I need.

Job Access promptly helped me out.

They've been open to other things as well, so the conversation's been really easy.

I'm the advisor in diversity and inclusion for the Gold Coast University Hospital.

We're committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, and we want to attract and recruit a workforce that better reflects the community we serve.

The benefits are compounded, so we find that not only do the individuals benefit, but the teams are also benefiting as well as the organisation as a whole.

We're finding that our employees are coming to work a lot more happy and engaged, and culturally we're seeing a more positive work space.

We are moving towards a more socially inclusive model, so that we understand that the disability is not with the person who is disabled, but the way that society treats them.

And so we try and make adjustments wherever we can and support our employees with disability so that they can do their roles easier.

I think the biggest thing that you need to know if you have a disability is just don't see any limits in what you're looking for.

It's important to spend your time pursuing a passion.

Think about what job you want to do or what vocation you want to pursue, and then make that fit to what your circumstances are.

And anything's possible.

There are plenty of advocates.

And I think people are happy to be progressive and do what's right.

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