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Investigation into elderly man’s death

IRT POpes Woonona

The IRT high dependency aged care centre in Popes Road, Woonona. Photo: IRT

THE death of a patient in a Woonona nursing home is under investigation by Wollongong Police.

Shortly before 7pm on Tuesday, police were called to a high-dependency dementia ward at the Illawarra Retirement Trust (IRT), Woonona following reports of an assault between two patients.

On arrival police were notified that a 90-year-old man suffered serious injuries and was unable to be revived.

The second man, aged 77, is a resident of the high-dependency ward due to his dementia.

A crime scene was established, and inquiries are underway. Police are working with the facilities manager and local health organisations.

Family members were in attendance and assisted police with their inquiries.

In a statement, the IRT said it became aware of an incident which it believe involved two residents in the dementia support unit of the Woonona aged care centre in which a resident had died.

“In accordance with our standard procedure we notified family of the two residents involved and all relevant authorities including NSW Police,” the spokesperson said.

“Investigations by police continue today and until they are complete we are not in a position to share any further details.

“Meanwhile the focus of our thoughts and care continues to be with our residents, their families and our staff.”

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

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About Mick Roberts

A Sydney newspaper journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now a senior journalist with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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