The SHeLL Editor End User Licence Agreement

Sydney Health Literacy Lab Health Literacy Editor

Terms and Conditions

The Terms

  1. The Sydney Health Literacy Lab (SHeLL) Health Literacy Editor (the Editor) is an online platform that allows you to assess text for health literacy principles.
  2. The Editor is provided by The University of Sydney, a body corporate under the University of Sydney Act 1989, ABN 15 211 513 464, c/o Sydney Health Literacy Lab, School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health, Edward Ford Building A27, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006 Australia (University).
  3. By registering and using the Editor, you are consenting to these Terms. If you do not agree to these Terms, do not use the Editor.


  1. The information provided in the Editor and any text or edits generated by the Editor is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
  2. The Editor is not suitable for use in emergency situations. In life threatening or emergency situations, please call Police, Fire or Ambulance (in Australia call Triple Zero (000)).
  3. The University does not monitor or screen any text entered or produced by the Editor. You are responsible for the accuracy of the information that you put into the Editor and for confirming the edits recommended by the Editor are appropriate for your intended use.
  4. You confirm that you are 18 years or older and your use of the Editor will comply with all relevant laws and codes of conduct including those that relate to on-line content. For clarity, you agree you will not use obscene, threatening or offensive language in your text.


  1. The University complies with its legal obligations under Australian law in relation to privacy.
  2. By agreeing to these Terms, you consent to the collection, use, storage and disclosure of certain personal information about you as set out in these Terms and our privacy policy available at:
  3. You may be asked to provide the University with information that may be used to identify you, such as for the purpose of registration. You agree to provide accurate and complete information. The information we collect about you may include, but is not limited to, your name and email address. This information will be stored at the University and only used in association with the Editor.
  4. The text you enter into the Editor is analysed by your internet browser and the results returned to you in the form of suggested edits. During and after analysis, your text is not transmitted to or stored by the University. However, you agree to use reasonable efforts to not submit information to the Editor that may identify an individual. For clarity, any personal information or health information contained in your text is not collected, stored or used by the University and you remain responsible for the use and security of such personal information at all times.
  5. The results generated by the Editor after analysis of your text will be transmitted and stored on University servers for research and evaluation purposes in a de-identified form. This may include information about the number of words, use of complex language, the lexical density, and so on.
  6. We reserve the right to collect additional information about your use of the Editor, solely for the purpose of assessing and improving the Editor. This may include information about crashes, compatibility with various devices, frequently used terms or pauses in the application.

Changes to these Terms

  1. The University reserves the right to alter these Terms at any time and, where required by law, we will endeavor to provide you with reasonable notice of the same.
  2. Amendments to the terms will be effective at the time of their publication by the University. By using the Editor after these terms are amended, you are agreeing to the amended terms.

Intellectual Property Rights

  1. All intellectual property rights in the Editor (including software, design, text, data, icons etc) are owned by the University and/or its licensors (including third party content providers). Materials procured from a third party are the subject of a copyright licence which requires all users to acknowledge the licensors as set out on our acknowledgements page:
  2. The University makes no claim over the copyright of text which you enter into the Editor.
  3. The University grants you a limited, revocable, non-transferrable, non-exclusive licence to use the Editor and any recommended edits generated by the Editor for any non-commercial use (eg. personal or clinical use). Any commercial use of the Editor or its outputs by you or a third party is subject to written permission from the University and may be subject to additional terms and conditions.
  4. You must not distribute, sell, copy, reverse engineer, make any attempt to access the source code of, or in any way alter the Editor without written permission from the University.

No warranty

  1. The University has taken all reasonable care and skill in developing and providing the Editor. However, the Editor is provided ‘as is’ and the University does not warrant or represent that it is complete, current or free from errors or omissions.
  2. The University uses reasonable efforts to ensure availability of the Editor. However, the availability of the Editor may be interfered with by numerous factors, including those outside the University’s control (such as malfunction in equipment or software, Internet access difficulties, or delay or failure of transmission). Accordingly, the University does not warrant or represent that access to the Editor will be continuous, uninterrupted, timely, free from errors, faults or viruses, or secure.
  3. All express or implied guarantees, warranties, representations or other terms and conditions not contained in these terms are excluded to the extent permitted by law.

The University’s liability to You

  1. The Editor is provided free of charge to you and as such you use it at your own risk and without warranty as set out in the above clauses 20 – 22.
  2. The University does not accept any liability to you for any losses (whether direct or otherwise) that result from your use of the Editor, except that we will accept that liability if it cannot be excluded under any legislation. If that liability cannot be excluded but can be limited under any legislation, we limit our liability to the extent permitted by that legislation.
  3. The University’s liability is reduced to the extent that the relevant loss or liability is caused or contributed to by you or a third party.
  4. The University is not responsible or liable for events or circumstances beyond its reasonable control.

Your liability to the University

  1. You are liable to the University for breach of contract or negligence under the principles applied by the courts. However, you are not liable to the University for any loss to the extent that it is caused by the University’s negligence.

The University’s rights to terminate

  1. The University reserves the right at all times to terminate, limit or suspend your access to the Editor. In this event, we will use reasonable efforts to notify you by email.
  2. The University reserves the right to suspend or discontinue the Editor at any time including (without limitation) for maintenance of systems, if the Editor is no longer cost effective to maintain, if the law requires the University to do so, or if the University believes that there is a real risk of loss or damage by continuing to provide the Editor. In this event, the University will use reasonable efforts to notify you by email.


  1. These terms are governed by the laws of New South Wales. You and the University submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of New South Wales. If any part of these terms is invalid or unenforceable, that portion is to be read down or severed to the extent necessary without affecting the validity or enforceability of remaining provisions. The words “including”, “such as”, “for example” and similar expressions are not words of limitation. In the absence of manifest error, the University records are conclusive.
  2. The University may assign or novate all or any part of its rights, remedies, powers or obligations under these terms to a third party without your consent, for example if a third party will operate the Editor. You may not assign, sublicense or otherwise deal with any of your rights under these terms.

Contacting us

  1. For enquiries, please email
  2. You can find out more about SHeLL and the Editor by visiting