POLICE are investigating an attack on an elderly woman in Creswick on Friday night.
Senior Constable Mark Howard, of Moorabool police, said the 83-year-old woman was struck on the back of the head and knocked unconscious at her home at Luttet Street about 6pm.
While the woman was unconscious, about $500 was stolen from her purse.
The woman was taken to Ballarat Health Services with a fractured skull before being transferred to Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Anyone with information about the attack is urged to call Moorabool CIU on 5366 4545 or contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.