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Serving others is good business

40 Under 40

These three work across different industries but the new 40 Under 40 alumni each help others get the most out of life.

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Amal Osman
Flinders University / Research Associate

Amal Osman, 37, works each day to help one billion people globally who suffer from disruptions to breathing through sleep, specialising in sleep apnoea.

The post-doctoral researcher at Flinders University’s FHMRI: Sleep Health works with a team of medical professionals, students and researchers with varied expertise in a six-bed sleep laboratory.

Amal secured $1.1 million in funding from a leading pharmaceutical company as a result of one of her publications, which described a novel technique to assess airway collapsibility.

She was also the first to compare a new 10-minute test during wakefulness, with the more costly and time-consuming method to measure airway collapsibility during sleep.

Amal is now applying the technique to develop a new treatment for sleep apnoea.

Over the past year and a half, Amal and her team have spent about 12 hours over evenings and nights testing more than 150 people.

“I love the work that I do, and I am highly motivated to better understand why sleep apnoea occurs, with a goal to discover new treatments so more people can sleep soundly.”

Amal’s vision is to have her work widely used for measuring the severity of sleep apnoea to predict treatment outcomes.

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Amanda Baldwin
G’day Holdings / CIO

As Chief Investment Officer for Adelaide-based G’day Group, Amanda Baldwin feels privileged to be able to drive expansion projects that are primarily focussed in regional areas.

G’day Group is now Australia’s largest regional accommodation provider, with over 300 properties across the country under its Discovery Parks and G’day Parks brands, employing more than 1200 people nationally and over 150 in its Adelaide head office.

Amanda leads the Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions and Development teams for the Group’s $1 billion national portfolio and each year is directly responsible for the $100 million investment budget.

Recent group acquisitions in SA include the McCracken Country Club, Hahndorf Resort and Adelaide Hills Convention Centre, as well as iconic interstate tourism properties El Questro (WA) and Kings Canyon (NT).

Her team’s annual capital investment budget of $100 million is predominantly in regional areas.

“It comes with logistical challenges and greater levels of investment risk, but I’m proud that our shareholders support our regional investment and proud of our regional teams building great businesses and assets in remote locations,” Amanda says.

“Tourism and hospitality are predominantly Queensland industries. I feel very proud to be part of an industry leading tourism business head-officed in SA.”

Outside of work, the 33-year-old volunteers as a strategic investment advisor at Baptist Care SA.

A meal or food item that changed your life? Shucking oysters straight into my mouth whilst wearing dorky waders and sitting in the sea at Coffin Bay Oyster Farm in January this year.

Amy Van Dyk
Advance Behavioural Training / CEO

In her spare time, while working as a veterinary nurse, Amy Van Dyk started a small business providing dog obedience classes, recognising that pet owners needed more training options to help ensure the wellbeing of both dogs and humans.

Now, her organisation, Advance Behavioural Training (ABT), employs 22 people and operates a seven-day business that offers a wide range of services at Athol Park. The business has added 10 staff in just the past 18 months, nearly doubling its workforce in less than two years.

ABT aims to provide all of a dog owner’s needs, with a unique mix of services, such as doggy daycare and grooming, social therapy and structured rehabilitation, private consultations for behavioural and obedience training as well as performance classes.

“Over the past few years, I have had to adapt and pivot many times but have successfully managed to do this and continue to increase and improve the business,” Amy says.

Amy’s mission is to give owners the tools to build stronger and healthier bonds with their dogs, with an expert behavioural training team catering for the individual needs of each owner. Amy is currently evaluating further growth options for the business.

“I have a strong passion for helping dogs get the most out of life, as well as helping their people understand how to achieve this,” says Amy, 38, who herself owns three rescue dogs: a husky-cross, a rottweiler and a kelpie.

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