Ande is a teacher with the First Year College. She is an experienced clinician with three decades of direct-practice experience, a program leader and project manager in the public health service system. Ande continues to work part-time in the private health sector, delivering therapeutic and support services to clients and their families facing life-threatening illnesses.  

Ande has been a part-time teacher of social work spanning three decades, across a range of universities. She first started teaching at Victoria University in 2014 and has been an integral part of the School of Social Work teaching team since. Ande is committed to the development of the future workforce and to always maintain a view of improved client outcomes.

Ande has extensive leadership experience in applying best practice guidelines in clinical and service delivery settings. Having demonstrated her leadership in managing critical incident and trauma-informed practice in Sydney which she led from the Royal Prince Alfred, Ande has continued to apply her skill to working with medical and other health leaders in areas such as mental health, cancer care, aged care, trauma-informed practice and Advance Care planning.

Areas of expertise

  • Therapeutic service delivery
  • Family and Social Violence
  • Trauma informed practice
  • Health and Mental health
  • Strategic planning
  • Partnership development

Contact details

+61 (3) 9919 7700


Refereed book chapters

Szendroe, A (1999) Working with and Managing Cancer Patients, In Cancer Facts: A Concise Oncology Text (pp. ), Harwood Academic Publishers (edited by Bishop, J, F.) The Gordan and breach Publishing Group

Conference presentations

Testa, D, Szendroe, A (2014) Facilitating mindful supervision: a university and health sector partnership for skilling frontline workers, Australian and New Zealand Social Work Welfare Educators (ANZSWWER), Symposium Melbourne

Szendroe, A, (2002), Establishing a Research Partnership Program: Challenges for Social Work, International Social Work Conference – Finland

Cannon, A, Szendroe, A (2001) Secret Men’s Business, Breast Care Nurses 3rd Annual Conference, Adelaide

Szendroe, A (2000) Men’s experience: A live interview with a partner of a woman with breast cancer, Breast Care Nurses 2nd Annual Conference, Melbourne

Szendroe, A, (1997) Managing Organisational Change within Social Work, Australian Social Work National Conference, Canberra

Panel: (1996) The merits of qualitative and quantitative methodology in social science research, Clinical Oncology Society of Australia – Melbourne

Szendroe, A (1995) Ask the client:  a group education model for people undergoing a Bone Marrow or Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplant, Clinical Oncology Society of Australia, Western Australia

Professional experience

30 years’ experience as a direct-practitioner:

  • Royal Prince Alfred Hospital 
  • Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  • St Vincent’s Health
  • Western Health
  • Think Pink Foundation
  • Health Nexus Group.