A Mount Warrigal woman has denied assaulting five elderly residents who were under her care at a Warilla nursing home.
Shakuntala Mudaliar appeared in court for the first time on Wednesday, almost two months after being charged with five counts of common assault.
The 48-year-old allegedly assaulted three women and two men, aged between 74 and 87, at the Warrigal Warilla aged care facility between October and December.
Mudaliar made a brief appearance before Registrar Kirby Moore in Port Kembla Local Court on Wednesday.
Pleas of not guilty to all five charges were entered by agent Caitlin Drabble, who acted on behalf of the Sydney-based law firm representing Mudaliar, McNally Jones Staff.
Mudaliar's case returns to Port Kembla Local Court on April 10. She is excused if legally represented and her conditional bail was continued.
Outside court, Mudaliar used a scarf to shield her face from the media and remained tight-lipped when asked about the allegations.
Mudaliar was supported by two men, who also tried to shield her from journalists and television cameras, before she was whisked away in a waiting car.
At the time Mudaliar was charged, on January 2, police labelled the allegations as "horrendous".
For an elderly victim to be assaulted in a facility where they believe they are going to be cared for is unfathomable to the communityDetective Chief Inspector Glen Broadhead
Police allege four of the incidents involved the striking of victims, while the other involved a person sprayed in the face with what was believed to have been a cleaning product.
“For an elderly victim to be assaulted in a facility where they believe they are going to be cared for is unfathomable to the community,” Lake Illawarra police crime manager Detective Chief Inspector Glen Broadhead said when Mudaliar was charged.
Warrigal acting executive officer Craig Smith told the Mercury last month that the carer was immediately stood down on December 24 after staff reported the allegations and police were alerted.
The alleged incidents involved “using more force than necessary" with the residents, he said.
At the time, Mr Smith said Warrigal would provide as much information and support to police as needed.
“The priority for us is the safety and care of residents,” he said.