Episode 4 - Tales of the Guinea Pig Club


Published: 05 May 2016

Welcome to episode four of the new Ausmed Handover podcast: Tales of The Guinea Pig Club.

Teams are tricky things to manage effectively in any environment, and no less so in nursing. But, sometimes they work, and sometimes they work spectacularly well. In this episode, we’ll be looking at one of the most effective teams to have ever emerged in healthcare: the Guinea Pig Club. We’ll not only recount its story, but examine why that team was so effective, why teams so often don’t work, and suggest how to form a Guinea Pig Club of your own.


Portrait of Darren Wake
Darren Wake

Peripatetic and always intellectually restless, Darren Wake has pursued varied careers in journalism, media production, academic philosophy and nursing. As a nurse, he worked in the speciality areas of critical care, community care, remote area healthcare and education. As a formally qualified academic philosopher Darren taught undergraduate units in law and ethics in healthcare, although his principle research focus revolved around logic and the philosophy of language. Darren’s media production output can be found scattered about the Ausmed website and in his long forgotten days as a word monkey, he wrote for European publications such as The Scotsman, The Great Outdoors, Country Walking and The Times. In 2014 Darren consulted to the Department of Health for the development of Consumer Directed Care policy and guidelines for remote area communities in the Northern Territory. These days he is the managing editor of a small independent publishing company based in the United Kingdom, and lives in Tasmania. In his spare time, Darren is currently studying a formal course in celestial navigation, just in case the inevitable zombie apocalypse messes with the world’s GPS satellite system. See Educator Profile