IRT Group

We’re a community-owned organisation that’s been improving the lives of older people for almost 50 years.


Our History

IRT was founded by Dr Max Diment and a group of likeminded people in 1969. Dr Diment had a vision; to provide seniors with better options in housing and care. This vision was inspired by Dr Diment’s role as Medical Superintendent at Bulli Hospital in NSW.

Dr Diment was dismayed by the growing number of elderly people going in and out of hospital. Not just for health care, but for a safe place to sleep, regular meals and social interaction. He knew there had to be a better way.

IRT began with a committee meeting and a donation of $1000 from a local business. Our first community was built in Wollongong on donated council land with an army of community supporters and volunteers.