Anti-vax parents to be known as 'refusers'

Parents who object to having their children vaccinated are to be called 'vaccine refusers' rather than 'conscientious objectors', with the name of vaccine objection forms being updated to reflect the new terminology, the Department of Health and Ageing says.

The move was confirmed by department officials during a Senate Estimates hearing in Canberra on Thursday after first being revealed by health minister Tanya Plibersek during an interview on last weekend's Meet the Press