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workwisewords is a Canberra-based business offering quality editing and professional writing services to the academic, business, government and author/publishing sectors. workwisewords can help ensure your writing is free from error, fit for purpose and resonates with your audience.

Principal Editor: Matthew Sidebotham AE

I have over thirty years experience in professional writing and editing as an academic and in the private and public sectors. Over this period I have authored and/or edited published and self-published monographs and anthologies, dissertations and theses, scholarly journal articles, academic book reviews, annual reports, white papers, reports to parliamentary committees, policy papers and project bids and tenders, as well as designing and delivering training on effective writing and contributing to development of corporate writing style guides.

I am an Accredited Editor under the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) accreditation framework and a professional member of IPEd, the Canberra Society of Editors and the Society of Editors NSW.

Qualifications: Accredited Editor (Institute of Professional Editors), B.A. Hon (La Trobe University), M.A. (Monash University)

Courses + workshops: Editing + Proofreading (APSC); Strategy, Genre + Style (APSC); Compelling Communications (APSC); Writing to Influence (APSC); Creating Accessible Documents (Wizard Corporate Training); InDesign (Wizard Corporate Training); Advanced Word  (Wizard Corporate Training); Indexing (IPEd); Design for Editors (IPEd); Legal Resources + Research (ANU)

What Is An Accredited Editor?

The Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) – the peak body for the Australian editing industry ­– administers a national accreditation scheme for Australian editors. The scheme comprises a national accreditation exam – which tests competence against the requirements of the Australian Standards for Editing Practice – and accreditation renewal, which requires evidence of ongoing editorial practice and professional development.

In choosing an accredited editor, clients can be confident that their editor has a proven record in professional editing practice and has formal recognition of their competence in applying the professional standards established in the Australian Standards for Editing Practice.

Why Use Workwisewords?

workwisewords offers quality editing and writing grounded in extensive experience in the academic, commercial and public sectors. Unlike other editing services workwisewords does not subcontract or farm out commissions to under- or unqualified editors, so you can be sure your needs are being met by the right person:

Theses and essays reviewed by an editor with postgraduate qualifications and experience as academic staff — not by undergraduate freelancers.
Grant applications and tenders by a writer with private and public sector experience in project and contract management and grant assessment.
Resumés and selection criteria written by a professional with training and experience in selection processes.

Standards + Styles

workwisewords is affiliated with the Canberra Society of Editors and the Institute of Professional Editors and adheres to their standards for editing practice.

My default guide for usage and layout is the Style manual for authors, editors and printers, 6th edition, the guide for Commonwealth publications. However, I will write or edit according to university or house style guides or other conventions according to your needs.

My default guides for spelling and lexicon are the Macquarie Dictionary and the Macquarie Thesaurus, but I can write or edit according to your nominated dictionary or guide on usage.

If you require editing or drafting for publication in American English our default style guide is the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, and our default dictionary is the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition. Once again, I am happy to edit or write according to other style guides or standards according to your needs.

PAST WORK

books + journal articles
Books + Book Chapters

Law in Australian Society An Introduction to Principles and Process (Allen & Unwin 2019:  ISBN 9781760527037)

The Art of Teaching Science for Middle and Secondary School, Third Edition (Allen & Unwin, 2019: ISBN 9781760528362

Country Frameworks for Development Displacement and Resettlement: Reducing Risk, Building Resilience (Routledge, 2019: ISBN 9781138491892)

Fragility, Resilience and the State in sub-Saharan Africa: Critical Indicators and Interventions (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)

Rethinking Reflection and Ethics for Teaching (Allen & Unwin, forthcoming)

Nutrition for Sport, Exercise and Performance: A practical guide for students, sports enthusiasts and professionals (Allen & Unwin, 2019: ISBN 9781760297497)

Public Sociology: An Introduction to Australian Society, Fourth Edition (Allen & Unwin, 2018: ISBN 9781760632540)

Human Rights in Sierra Leone:  1787-2016: The Long Struggle from the Translantic Slave Trade to the Present (Routledge, 2018: ISBN 9781138604766)

History and representation of the challenges of governance in the fragile States of Sub-Saharan Africa (book chapter, Governance and Political Adaptation in Fragile States, Palgrave-MacMillan, 2018:  ISBN 9783319907499)

Early Childhood Leadership in Action: Evidence-based Approaches for Effective Practice (Allen & Unwin, 2018: ISBN 9781760294755)

In Crime’s Archive: The Cultural Afterlife of Evidence (Routledge, 2018: ISBN 9781138927117)

Finding the Plot: A Maternal Approach to Madness in Literature (Demeter Press, 2017: ISBN 9781772581362)

Developing Positive Classroom Environments: Strategies for Nurturing Adolescent Learning (Allen & Unwin, 2017:  ISBN 9781760294861)

Articles

Approaching student engagement: Navigating theories and critiques of student-centred learning (submitted to Teaching in Higher Education)

A number theoretic approach to credit creation in banking (submitted to Finance Research Letters)

Exploring the influence of culture on childrearing practices among sub-Saharan African migrants in Australia:  A systematic review (Journal of of Child and Family Studies, forthcoming)

The evolution of consciousness (Environment and Ecology Research 6(4))

Impacts of social integration and loneliness status during resettlement on general and mental health among humanitarian migrants in Australia over time: Evidence from a longitudinal study (British Medical Journal, forthcoming)

The Patient’s Voice: Australian healthcare quality and safety regulation from the perspective of the public (Journal of Law and Medicine 25(2), 2018)

Ovid’s Ceres and the courtship of Adonis in Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis (Parergon 34(1))

Stochastic claims reserving via a Bayesian spline model with random loss ratio effects (ASTIN Bulletin, doi.org/10.1017/asb.2017.19)

The use of coercive public health and human biosecurity powers in Australia: An empirical analysis (submitted to Journal of Law And Medicine)

Multiple case explorations of Australian banking organisations creating social and economic value: Application of shared value framework (submitted to Journal Of Business Ethics)

Multiple case explorations of Australian property organisations creating social and economic value: Application of shared value framework (submitted to Journal of Business Ethics)

Shared value creation: An exploratory study of Insurance Group Australia and AIA (submitted to Journal of Business Ethics)

Museums for an ageing world: The implications of population ageing for the cultural heritage sector (submitted to The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum)

Communicating in ageing societies: The global implications of demographic change (submitted to the International Journal of Communication)

Public preferences regarding medical registration revalidation models: Evidence from a discrete choice experiment (Medical Journal of Australia; forthcoming)

Principle-based marketing: A conceptual model (Marketing Intelligence and Planning; forthcoming)

Competition, health care and the law: Legal impediments to implementation of value-based health care in Australia (in progress)

Reading the High Court at a distance: The legal subject matter and judicial activity of the High Court of Australia 1903-2010 (UNSW Law Journal 39(4))

Climate change as a Hyperobject: A critical review of Timothy Morton’s reframing narrative (Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, June 2016)

theses + dissertations

‘Woman’ in early imperial China: Sociopolitical forces and gender norms surrounding elite women in the Han Dynasty (PhD thesis, Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University)

The connection between metacognition and academic writing in a praxis inquiry model of teacher education (PhD thesis, College of Education, Victoria University)

Collaboration or Cooperation: Interactions and collaboration in interdisciplinary teams (PhD thesis, Cente for the Study of Higher Education, Melbourne University)

Pharmacological and clinical effects of a standardised herbal extract (NXQ) for ischaemic stroke (PhD, NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University)

Teachers’ perceived understanding of formative assessment and how it impacts their classroom practice: A case-study investigation (D Ed thesis, Griffith University)

Access for Deaf people: Perceptions of the NDIS client experience (M Res thesis, Department of Educational Studies, Macquarie University)

Public relations and social capital in Indonesia’s bureaucratic reform policy 2015–2019 (M Comm thesis, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University)

Managing adaptively as climate varies: A case study of the Shepparton Irrigation Region (PhD thesis, Department of Geography and Planning, Macquarie University)

Tracking cerebral amyloid accumulation in ageing, mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, and other dementias (D Med Sci thesis, Faculty of Medicine, Melbourne University)

Sustainability assessments: Investigating how foreign multinationals integrate development issues into their business activities (PhD thesis, Faculty of Business & Law, Swinburne University)

A Long Way from Mount Sinjar: A study on the resettlement of Ezidi refugees in Wagga Wagga (MA thesis, Department of Anthropology, Macquarie University)

Energy price and economic activity in the US (PhD thesis, Faculty of Business & Economics, Macquarie University)

Understanding value in the market & social research context (PhD thesis, Faculty of Arts, Business and Law, University of the Sunshine Coast)

The effect of parenteral nutrition on microbial growth and its influence on catheter-related infection in patients with a central venous access device (School of Nursing & Midwidery, Griffith University)

Actor participation theory and its impact on organisations’ financial performance (PhD thesis, Department of Management and Marketing, Melbourne University)

Universal design in sport: A catalyst for social inclusion? (School of Business, UTS)

Overweight and obesity: An economic exploration of rational choice and solutions (Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation, UTS)

Transit-oriented design research for an improved multimodal EV bus system for Malaysia 2020 (PhD thesis, Department of Architectural & Industrial Design, Swinburne University of Technology)

Accountability deficits and overloads: A missing framework (PhD thesis, Faculty of Law, Australian National University)

A stability contingent model of interpersonal trust in a local government context (PhD thesis, School of Business, Curtin University)

Climate change law and policy in the post Kyoto Protocol and its impacts on Bangladesh (PhD thesis, Faculty of Business and Law, University of Southern Queensland)

A critical ethnography of factors influencing decision making in postoperative pain management of older people (PhD thesis, University of Newcastle)

What’s changed? Environmentally sustainable practices and motivations of tourism small and medium enterprises (SMEs): an inquiry into accommodation and non-accommodation sectors in an Australian regional destination (PhD thesis, RMIT)

A study into the factors that influence early access to defibrillation following out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in Tasmania (PhD thesis, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales)

Use of a national interest criterion in Commonwealth legislation: Suggested reforms in order to achieve greater accountability in executive decision-making (PhD thesis, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales)

Designing with volition: Examining the antecedents and outcomes of consumers’ perceived autonomy in co-production platforms (PhD thesis, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne)

A study of contagion and regulation in global and local banking industries (PhD thesis, School of Business, University of Western Sydney)

Liquid crystal transducers and intracavity loss modulation in Q-switched pulsed laser sources (PhD thesis, Department of Physics, Macquarie University)

Value Creation by large Australian organisations: Multiple case explorations in the banking, insurance and property industries (PhD thesis, School of Management, University of Southern Queensland)

Ceding to the ‘Other’: A search for relational teaching praxis (PhD thesis, Faculty of Education, Monash University)

The contextual quality of life of women with cervical cancer (PhD thesis, Faculty of Medicine, Stellenbosch University)

Developing the higher-order thinking skills of middle-school geography students using Geographic Information Systems (GIS): A study of direct instruction and guided discovery pedagogies and the impact of additional multimedia scaffolding and teacher modelling (Department of Educational Studies, Macquarie University)

Improvised nomadic movement: Flow and resistance (PhD thesis, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney)

The disruptive influence of personalised medicine on traditional evidence-based medicine practices (PhD thesis, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney)

The concealment controversy: Sexual orientation, ‘discretion’ reasoning and the scope of refugee protection (PhD thesis, Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney/Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

Testing the effectiveness of a Practice Development intervention as an enabler of allied health leadership development (PhD thesis, Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney)

Neonatal mortality in low and lower-middle income countries: Which areas require further attention? Evidence from Bangladesh (PhD thesis, Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney)

Psychological distress and community exclusion in Indigenous communities: a convergent parallel study (PhD thesis, National Centre for Indigenous Studies, ANU)

Insights into the activity systems of first-year university students: Approaches and personnel influencing student success (D.Ed. thesis, School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University)

The implementation of in-house testing for von Willebrand Disease at Dorevitch Pathology (M.App.Sci. thesis, School of Medical Sciences, RMIT)

Enhancing enterprise network performance: The use of quality of service and traffic control (D.Inf.Tech. thesis, School of Computing and Mathematics, Charles Sturt University

Anxiety, ambiguity, and the emotional modulation of early visual processing (PhD.M.Psych.(Clin), thesis, School of Psychology, UNSW)

The geography of Alzheimer’s disease in New South Wales: Using spatial science to investigate social and systemic effects (PhD thesis, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW)

The Instant Image: A critical and creative exploration of the one-off photographic image (PhD thesis, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne)

Domestic courts and transnational law in Australia: A case law study on judicial empowerment in aviation and financial transnational private regulation cases (LL.M. thesis, Faculty of Business Economics and Law, La Trobe University)

Communication ecclesiology and communication in the post-Vatican II Church (Masters thesis, School of Philosophy & Theology, University of Notre Dame, Sydney)

The changing face of Australia: From secular to post-secular identity (PhD thesis, School of Philosophy + Theology, University of Notre Dame, Sydney)

Moving On: Primary school aged refugee student transition from new arrival to mainstream schooling (PhD thesis, School of Education, University of South Australia)

A sui generis regime for the protection of traditional knowledge: What can we learn from India and Peru in the protection of traditional knowledge in Australia?(PhD thesis, Faculty of Law, UTS)

Cut and Mix Culture: Visual explorations of contemporary diaspora identity (PhD thesis, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney)

Clinical governance in India (PhD thesis, Faculty of Health, UTS)

Intersecting fields: Young people, Internet-based practices and education (PhD thesis, Faculty of Education, Monash University)

Normal Operations Monitoring: A new approach to measuring and monitoring human and safety performance tested in aviation ground operations (PhD thesis, School of Aviation, University of New South Wales)

A tale of rights and wrongs: Stories and storytelling on the issue of asylum seeker boat arrivals to Australia (PhD thesis, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney)

Design and optimisation of time-frequency analysis for multichannel neonatal EEG background features in term neonates with HIE: Characterisation, classification and outcome prediction (PhD thesis, Faculty of Medicine, University of Queensland)

Fantasy Crime: The criminalisation of fantasy material under Australia’s child abuse legislation (PhD thesis, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales)

Heaven’s Beauties’: Myth and failed transformation in Shakespeare’s non-dramatic texts (PhD thesis, Department of English, Macquarie University)

Work-related driving safety in light vehicle fleets: Exploring the organisational factors of the safety climate (Honours thesis, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology)

Understanding the role of nation building in Sino-South Korea economic interdependence and political relations (Masters thesis, School of Government + International Relations, University of Sydney)

Effect of subsidiary age on parent absorptive capacity in the context of reverse knowledge transfer (Honours thesis, School of Business, University of Sydney)

Correcting the Record: Reconstructing the history of criminal legal engagement with iatrogenic harm (PhD thesis, Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney)

Small state diplomacy: Cambodia and its larger neighbours (PhD thesis, School of Humanities + Social Sciences, UNSW/Australian Defence Force Academy)

Dirty Talk: A critical discourse analysis of offensive language crimes (PhD thesis, Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney)

‘Terra Australis’: An analysis of the imagery in the unknown Southern Continent on Renaissance world maps 1520s–1620s (PhD thesis, School of Politics + International Relations, Australian National University)

The Emergence Continuum: An analysis of governance arrangements and local decision-making in UK 1997-2014 (PhD thesis, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University)

Spatial Reallocation of Aggregated Data: Land use mapping using constrained Bayesian methods (PhD thesis, School of Finance + Applied Statistics, Australian National University)

Three essays on Bayesian claims reserving methods in general insurance (PhD thesis, School of Accounting + Actuarial Studies, Australian National University)

Harmonised taxonomies of security and resilience: A suitable foundation for the security discipline (PhD thesis, School of Engineering + Information Technology, University of New South Wales)

research reports + conference papers

LASER-Resilience Report: Patterns & Predictors of Wellbeing 2019 (Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, University of Melbourne)

Visualising Vulnerabilities: Patient Safety and Homelessness (Literature Review, Centre for Health Services Management, UTS)

Misfeasance in Public Office: A Tort of Substance (Conference paper, Obligation IX: Ninth Biennial Conference on the Law of Obligations)

Locating the Courts within the Australian Accountability System (Conference Paper, 2018 Public Law Conference)

Navigating Resettlement: Matched mentoring and creative media design with refugee and migrant youth in transition, Greater Western Sydney (Centre for Educational Research, Western Sydney University/SYDwest Multicutlural Services)

Integrated Screening in Acute Care Hospital Settings: A Systematic Review (Centre for Health Services Management, University of Technology Sydney, forthcoming)

Geographic targeting and beneficiary selection criteria in Mozambique: Current targeting practices, challenges, and future considerations (World Vision International)

Child Grant Program and the health and nutritional well-being of under-five children in the Karnali Zone of Nepal: Assessing the impact of integrated social protection services and trend analysis in five districts
 (School of Social Sciences and Psychology, UNSW)

Urban program on livelihoods and income fortification and socio-civic transformation for the youth in Kampala Project: An Impact Evaluation (World Vision International)

Literature Review: Evaluation of the Health Education and Training Institute (NSW) Health Leadership Program, HETI/University of Technology, Sydney

Innovating aged care organisations through digital disruption (Stage 1 research proposal, Business Faculty, University of Technology Sydney)

Engaging Families to Engage Students: Exploring how university outreach activities can forge productive partnerships with families to assist first-in-family students navigate their higher education journey (National Teaching Fellowship, Final Report)

New Perspectives on the Student Experience (Interim Report, Promotion of Excellence in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Fellowship)

New Anthropology for Higher education (Background research report, Promotion of Excellence in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Fellowship)

Innovative Approaches for Enhancing the 21st Century Student Experience (Final Report, Promotion of Excellence in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Fellowship)

Innovative Approaches for Enhancing the 21st Century Student Experience—Models and Case Studies (Promotion of Excellence in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Fellowship

public sector + commercial

Australian Indigenous Psychology Education Project (AlPEP): Final Report (Department of Education & Training/University of Western Australia)

Accelerating Indigenous Higher Education: Final Paper (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium (NATSIHEC) Aboriginal Corporation)

Torres Strait Regional Biosecurity Plan: Island Profiles (Torres Strait Regional Authority)

Torres Strait Regional Biosecurity Plan 2017–2022 (Torres Strait Regional Authority)

Local Industry Participation Plan (ACT Government, Department of Chief Minister + Treasury)

Review of the Disability (Access to Premises – Buildings) Standards 2010: Final Report (Commonwealth Government, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science)

Workplace Health and Safety Active Certification Policy (ACT Government, Department of Chief Minister + Treasury)

Review of the Impact of Illegal Offshore Wagering: Final Report (Commonwealth Government, Department of Social Services)

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