There’s no such thing as a free lunch, but there are sometimes free trips to the beach…

We just got home from an NHMRC-funded trip to Byron Bay. Now I think that MIGHT actually be a first!

One of our Chief Investigators is the lovely Prof Stephen Myers from Southern Cross University in Lismore. He roped in, err, recruited two wonderful acupuncturists, one on the Gold Coast and one in Ballina/Byron Bay to provide treatments for our Acupause study, and I was flown up to train them personally.

I’ve given five training sessions already but there was an added complexity this time given the logistics of interstate clinical research. And perhaps the more times you do something the less clear you become, and having Stephen there at the training session really helped me hone in on those multiple tiny details that would make a huge difference in the long run.

As for Byron Bay, what can I say? Situated at the Eastern-most tip of the Australian headland, in the enviable climate of Northern NSW, with some of the loveliest beaches in the world, it’s easy to see why it’s one of the most popular holiday destinations in Australia. We surfed, Star played for hours in the ocean, and we saw two pods of dolphins. Sitting on the beach at the Pass one evening, watching my little girl run in the shallow waters, I felt as though surely this must be what heaven would be like.

And a tax-deductible heaven too.

Evening at the Pass. Heavenly.

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