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What is culturally safe editing?


Empowering your cultural voice!

Your cultural voice needs to shine through your writing.

This means a culturally safe editing practice of honouring, strengthening, and respecting your cultural beliefs.

Editing in a culturally safe way is about creating “an environment that is spiritually, socially and emotionally safe, as well as physically safe for people; where there is no assault, challenge or denial of their identity, of who they are and what they need. It is about shared respect, shared meaning, shared knowledge and experience, of learning together with dignity, and truly listening.” (Bin-Sallik 2003, Williams 1999)


Culturally and technically rigorous editing:

  • Proofreading the final copy of your work to ensure that it shines.
  • Copyediting your draft work to polish the structure of sentences, paragraphs, and coherency of the document.
  • Structural editing for deeply analysing every level of the work to ensure clarity, consistency, coherency, and correctness.


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Mark is an associate member of the Institute of Professional Editors Australia, a member of Editors New South Wales, a Board Member of the Hunter Writers Centre, and an Associate Editor for the Australian Journal of Rural Health. Want to know more about cultural safety? Check out the resources page.

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