When Mishel began her PhD her study aimed to reveal, position and emancipate First Nations Australian discourses on childrearing as an alternate but equal body of knowledge to Western childhood development theories. From her study she developed a ‘knowledge transition diagram’ demonstrating the pathway Western knowledges take to be strongly positioned in education and practice. Understanding this process but using methods in line with Indigenist relational research protocols her study revealed principles of Indigenous childrearing for nursing, education and social work degrees, and for Victorian health agencies.

Mishel believes she needs to take her research methodology and findings to the next level and disseminate her study through articles, book manuscripts, training workshops and short films.