RealTime Health: Your trusted source of patient and carer experiences.

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About Us


Tina Campbell - Founder and Managing Director

Tina Campbell is the founder of Speaking From Experience and RealTime Health. She has over 24 years experience as a communication specialist and, since 1998, has focussed her attention on health promotion and, more recently, health program evaluation. Tina is a pioneer in the area of patient narrative resource development in Australia and is currently a PhD candidate at the Centre for Health Policy, Programs and Economics at the School of Population Health, The University of Melbourne. Her thesis will evaluate the effectiveness of a patient narrative intervention program to improve self-efficacy in patients with newly diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes.

David Cronin - Chairman

David has spent the past 5 years working closely with RTH's Managing Director and Board to drive its corporate and globalisation strategy. In the past 11 years David has worked at the Board level with several high growth technology companies in Australia, Asia and the USA. In these roles he has worked closely with key stakeholders to build management teams, corporate partnerships and gain international exposure for each company's products and services.

During his 16+ year career, David has held the various senior positions, including as Managing Director of Pierce & Pierce Group, Investment Manager for the London listed Guinness Peat Group and its Australian investment company MEM Group Limited. Previous to that Mr. Cronin was responsible for the execution of the mergers and acquisitions strategy within a large Australian based technology company, a position that he accepted after spending more than 5 years in Advisory & Corporate at Westpac Banking Corporation, one of Australia's largest financial institutions.

Mark Campbell - Creative Director

Mark Campbell has 25 years experience as a director, writer and producer of television commercials and corporate communication. He has worked for many of Australias leading corporate and advertising organizations, who continue to engage him to interpret complex briefs and deliver communication to high production and creative standards.

Michael Borthwick - Technical Director

Michael has 15 years of experience compressing video and consulting on analog and digital video system design. He has advised leading Australian organisations on video standards, production workflows and delivery architectures and his highly regarded digital video workshops have been delivered around Australia, in New Zealand and in the United States.

Hayley Van Es - Producer

Hayley has coordinated the production of over a dozen Speaking from Experience programs, including the 'Young People & Chronic Illness' programs which consisted of coordinating 50 young people and eight partner organisations. Her background is social work, with experience working in community health. Hayley has facilitated focus groups, and has completed formal Group Facilitation Training. She also has experience in one-on-one counseling.

Romy Handley - Post Production

Romy Handley is the principle video editor at RealTime Health. He has been working in the creative arts field for over ten years. With experience in live performance and event coordination, he has toured around Australia performing alongside some of the country's most renowned young artists. Romy has extensive experience in audio recording, production and editing. In 2006, he completed a Bachelor of Design at RMIT. During which time he gained skills in graphic design, filming and editing. He has produced numerous albums, as well as directed and edited music videos. Romy is now responsible for editing the 'Speaking From Experience' programs.

Zoe Chapman - Marketing and design

Zoe studied Communication Design at Swinburne University and has a strong passion for innovative design and marketing concepts. She is interested in new pathways for information delivery. With three years experience in sales marketing in the telecommunication industry, and a background in design, Zoe brings a unique skill-set to RealTime Health.



Stephen Bunker, RN, Grad Dip Adult Ed., PhD - RTH Clinical Advisor

Stephen has a health professional background having worked for many years as a clinical nurse specialist in cardiology and prior to that, in mental health.

Stephen was Manager of the National Heart Foundation (Victorian Division) cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention program for 15 years. This included a 5-year period as National Program Manager responsible for providing leadership and strategy for the Foundation's cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention activities throughout Australia.

Stephen has a strong interest in research and evaluation and has spent three years as a Senior Research Fellow working on research projects in the areas of diabetes prevention, chronic disease risk factor prevalence and depression and heart disease.

As well as research, Stephen has a strong interest in health professional education and has been involved in delivering smoking cessation workshops in association with QUIT and depression recognition workshops with beyondblue - the national depression initiative.

Stephen is currently Research Consultant to Medibank Health Services providing input and advice in relation to evidence-based chronic disease prevention and management programs.


Mark Harbottle

Mark is the founder of, one of the top 1,000 most visited websites in the world (source: over the last 5 years, and, a leading online graphic design marketplace. Prior to this Mark was a founding member and Marketing Manager at Sausage Software, an Australian internet pioneer which at its peak had 1,200 employees and a market capitalization of AUD $1.7 billion.

John Roker

John is a veteran of the Australian IT industry and has held senior management positions in major IT Corporations such as IBM, Sun and Fujitsu. He is the founder and principal of his own consulting company and assists companies in bringing new web based technologies to market in the fields of education, energy management and security.




Background Information

RealTime Health is a Melbourne-based online health content producer, specializing in the niche area of patient and carer narrative. The company produces the Speaking From Experience' series, which comprises a database of over 300 video clips for online delivery and a library of 37 DVDs. The series presents the patient and carer experience of a range of illnesses. Topics include Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, OCD, Schizophrenia, Heart Disease, Asthma, Diabetes, Arthritis, Epilepsy, Cancer and Alzheimer's disease. The resource is continually growing with the addition of 4-6 new titles (50-60 video clips) per annum.

RealTime Health takes an evidence-based approach to content production, by collaborating closely with peak health support groups and associations, reviewing current literature relating to each topic and conducting focus groups with participants. This methodology is a significant contributor to market acceptance of the company's core product; it is authoritative and trustworthy.

RealTime Health was founded by Tina Campbell, with the objective to make the Speaking From Experience' content more accessible to the general community via online delivery. Tina's aim is to enable broad access to patient experiential knowledge.



To improve the health and wellbeing of individuals by enhancing their knowledge, skills and motivation through patient experiences.

Last Updated: May 2012 

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