University of Sydney.
University of Sydney.
Her grades at Fort Street Girls High School were excellent and she was a prefect. Sweeney was Chief Pharmacist at Rachel Forster Hospital, in Redfern, New South Wales, Australia (now part of the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital), when she received her accolade in 1968. She delivered her acceptance speech late in 1968 in Perth.
Prior to this, Sweeney had previously spent an extended period of time overseas from the end of 1949 (and prior to 1958).
Sweeney"s contributions to pharmacy include extensive involvement in establishing professional pharmacy organisations and leadership roles:
Sweeney held numerous responsible offices in various pharmaceutical groups
The group disbanded, however, after she left for overseas in 1949. Upon returning to Australia, Sweeney in 1958 arranged an inaugural meeting of pharmacists from hospital, academic institutions and industry.
In 1962, she helped establish the New South Wales Branch of the Society of Hospital Pharmaceutical Chemists of Australia -today known as the NSW Branch of The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA). Sweeney was also elected federal president of the Association of Women Pharmaceutical Chemists of Australia in 1967
Sweeney"s interests covered matters relating to the delivery of pharmaceutical services as an integral part of "total patient care" in a hospital setting.
Her speech in 1968 elucidated both her understanding and vision of the role of pharmacy in hospital settings.
The multifaceted processes behind the development of hospital pharmacy into the future, including teamwork psychology and communication skills. Transition towards the customisation of pharmacy services through a greater emphasis on individual prescriptions. Liaising with medical and nursing staff to create a system of checking, to ensure drugs are used for intended purposes and under safe conditions.
Implementing imprest systems for distributing drugs on the wards to save time for nursing staff while also ensuring quality use of medicines
Drug information services and adverse event reporting
Effective people management to better utilise pharmacy resources in the face of growing demands on services provision
Contribution of pharmacy to drug committees in good decision making
Careful planning and budgeting processes, including forecasting, as part of good inventory control
Providing lectures and career guidance on pharmacy to interested individuals
The predictions Sweeney included in her 1968 oration about the development of clinical pharmacy were accurate.
Monitoring the use of drugs in patients
Preventing medication errors
Increasing the presence of pharmacy in hospital wards
Adverse drug reaction reporting
Discharge medication management
Surveillance of drug usage
The above activities today are generally considered to be normal aspects of hospital pharmacy practice.
She was a founding member of the first Hospital Pharmacists Society in NSW in 1940.